For the first time in history, Minnesota’s Department of Health has complied and released data detailing concussion statistics for young athletes in the state. The CDC declared that concussions are at an epidemic level among youth sports programs in the United States, but no one suspected that nearly 3,000 young athletes sustained concussions in Minnesota alone. The data was compiled between August 2013 and May 2014, and the data reflects concussions that were diagnosed by athletic trainers at 36 high schools across the state.
This data comes after an announcement from the Minnesota Vikings to place more athletic trainers in high schools across the state. Together with the NFL Foundation, the football team pledged $50,000 to kickstart the program at 13 high schools in the St. Paul and Minneapolis areas, and the program will cover at least 500 football players. Following the release of this shocking concussion data for young athletes in The Gopher State, it’s clear that these programs are sorely needed.
One out of every 20 concussion cases lasted for more than two weeks in Minnesota, meaning 95 percent of young Minnesota athletes bounce back from their concussions in less than two weeks. This is better than the national level where only 80 percent of young athletes recover from concussions in the same amount of time. Younger athletes and girls are most susceptible to concussion injuries in Minnesota. The following infographic provides highlights of Minnesota’s youth sports concussion statistics.