Contact sports -- such as football, soccer, bicycling, basketball, playground activities and soccer -- accounted for 45 percent of all visits to emergency rooms for TBIs.
For boys, football accounted for the most ER visits for TBIs -- more than 52,000 -- than any other sport. Soccer and playground activities contributed to the most ER visits for girls.
The report says that rule changes can prevent TBIs and reduce the risk of children getting them.
“Limiting player-to-player contact and rule changes that reduce risk for collisions are critical to preventing TBI in contact and limited-contact sports. If a TBI does occur, effective diagnosis and management can promote positive health outcomes among children.”