Concussions in Sports Today

Percentage of all sports concussions sustained by athletes age 16 – 191

Estimate of Average Sports Concussions Each Hour in USA2

56.8% of all high school sports concussions are sustained by football players<sup>3</sup>

Almost 20% of concussions in boys' wrestling were repeat concussions in one study<sup>4</sup>

56% of female soccer players reported concussion symptoms but did not seek treatment in one study<sup>5</sup>

One-third of all sports-related concussions occur during practice.

The rest occur during scrimmages and games.6

What is a concussion?

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury that is caused by a blow to the head or body, a fall, or another injury that jars or shakes the brain inside the skull. Although there may be cuts or bruises on the head or face, there may be no other visible signs of a brain injury.

Repeated concussions or a severe concussion may require surgery or lead to long-lasting problems with movement, learning, or speaking. Because of the small chance of permanent brain problems, it is important to contact a doctor if you or someone you know has symptoms of a concussion.7

Children are at heightened risk

In reviewing 10 years of emergency room data, researchers found the 8- to 13-year-old age group accounted for 40% of the sports-related concussions.8

Children's brains are still developing rapidly, making concussions especially harmful. Do everything you can to avoid unnecessary risk by monitoring their impacts with the Linx IAS.

Sports Concussions in the News


Stuart Duggan looks at inventions including a smart gumshield that transmits data to connected apps for parents and doctors to monitor. The segment on Linx IAS begins at 1:50.


WXXI’s Evan Dawson examines the latest developments aimed at helping users avoid extended risk after brain injury. How does it work? Who’s using it now? With guests, Dr. Jeff Bazarian, professor of emergency medicine, neurology, neurosurgery, and public health sciences at URMC and Scott Featherman, business development manager at BlackBox Biometrics, Inc.

View Jennifer Johnson was live at Oak Hill Country Club where the University of Rochester hosted the all-day sports summit that featured local athletes as well as professional medical specialist and innovators in the field of sports technology, including the Linx IAS. See the full interview from FOX Rochester with our Chief Technology Officer, David Borkholder, […]


1Ferguson RW. Safe Kids Worldwide Analysis of CPSC NEISS data, 2013, cited in Ferguson RW, Green A, Hansen LM. Game Changers: Stats, Stories and What Communities Are Doing to Protect Young Athletes. Washington, DC: Safe Kids Worldwide, August 2013.

2Langlois JA, Rutland-Brown W, Wald MM. The epidemiology and impact of traumatic brain injury: a brief overview. J Head Trauma Rehabil. 2006 Sep-Oct;21(5):375–378.
3momsTEAM. Football Leads in Concussions, Catastrophic Injuries.

4The American Journal of Sports Medicine. Epidemiology of Concussions Among
United States High School Athletes
in 20 Sports.

5Forbes. Study Reveals Many Girls Soccer Players Stay On Field Despite Concussions.

6Sport and Concussion Awareness in Soccer.

7Marar M, McIlvain NM, Fields SK, Comstock RD. Epidemiology of Concussions Among United States High School Athletes in 20 Sports. American Journal of Sports Medicine. 2012;40(4):747-755.

8momsTEAM. Concussions Double For Younger Athletes In Team Sports, Study Finds.