Concussion by the numbers

Let’s talk numbers. Don’t fret. These are good numbers and not like the kind you learned in middle school and thought, “I’ll never use this.”

These numbers you can use.

If you had to guess how many concussions occur each year in the United States, what would you say? 500,000? 1 million?

In 2012, 3.8 million concussions were reported. According to, this was double the amount reported in 2002.

So, what do we learn from the numbers above?

  1. Concussions are underreported. It happens quickly; in the moment of the game; crowds are cheering; the scoreboard has hundreds of eyes on it. But did you know that nearly 33 percent of all concussion practice?

  2. Either concussions are becoming more prevalent or parents, coaches, and doctors are becoming more aware of the injury. With so little data on concussion, it’s difficult to tell what is really going on. How many of these reports are repeat concussions? What’s the long-term effects? There’s a clear message that we need more data on concussion diagnosis, treatment, and affects.  

See, I promised these weren’t scary numbers.