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In Kentucky, approximately 30,000 traumatic brain injuries and deaths occur each year.17 HB 281 and HR 58 were passed in 2012 establishing return to play protocols for youth athletes suspected of being concussed. Kentucky is one of only a handful of states that extended this protection to non-scholastic youth athletes.
The pyramid below depicts the estimated average annual number of TBI-related ED visits, hospitalizations, and deaths in Kentucky for 2011.
Number of Traumatic Brain Injury-Related Emergency Department Visits, Hospitalizations, and Deaths*, Kentucky, 201117
*Kentucky Vital Statistics preliminary data, KIPRC
**Central Nervous System Injury in Kentucky, Emergency Department Visits and Hospitalizations 2011, KIPRC
TBI in Kentucky, 2011:
8,933 TBIs occurred among children ages 0 to 14 years; ED visits accounted for 97% of the TBIs in this age group. Falls were the leading cause of TBI-related emergency department admissions and inpatient hospitalizations in all age groups except those 15-44 years old. Adults ages 65 years or older had the highest TBI-related hospitalization rate (179.9 hospitalizations/ 100,000 population) compared to all other ages.17