Number of reported youth concussions has increased

Many high-school football leagues are taking a tougher stand against concussions

(AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
(AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

(CNN) – With so much focus on preventing concussion in the big leagues now, you might think we’re making progress in stopping traumatic brain injuries in youth sports.

A new report from Blue Cross Blue Shield says the company’s insurance claims for concussions increased by 43 percent over a six-year period ending in 2015.

Additionally, there was a 71 percent spike in reported concussions for kids between the ages of 10 and 19.

Most of those head injuries were reported during the fall, just as football season kicks off.

Many high-school football leagues are taking a tougher stand against concussions, with the state of Washington passing a so-called “shake it off law.”

It requires injured kids to get medical clearance before returning to a game, or even practice.

Helmet manufacturers are even offering their own sensors to give coaches real-time information on the potential effects of hard hits. In fact, it’s believed the increase in concussions may be attributed to more accurate testing and the new awareness.

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