Pandemic Silver Lining: Steep Drop in Kids' Fractures

October 7, 2020

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The proportion of fractures that ultimately required surgery did not shift during the study time frame. But the average age of patients seeking care for fractures did, said Bram, dropping from about 9.5 years in 2018 to about 7.5 in 2020.

That reflects a "decreased fracture burden" among adolescents, who might otherwise be playing team sports, the researchers noted.

"This makes sense," said Dr. Leigh Vinocur, a Baltimore-based emergency physician and spokesperson for the American College of Emergency Physicians.

"If there's no organized sports -- and if playgrounds are closed or parents aren't taking them -- you're going to see less of the injuries that are related to those activities," she said.

"And I would also imagine that we would see the same downward trend in terms of concussion risk," added Vinocur, who was not part of the study team.

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