A concussions study could tell us a lot about ICD-10 data

Carl Natale
by Carl Natale
A concussions study could tell us a lot about ICD-10 data

Researchers are launching a concussion surveillance project in Texas youth sports. It will aim to track "data including the age, sport, sex and other variables related to each reported concussion suffered by athletes in grades 7-12 participating in organized public school sports."

Which is great. We need to get some numbers on youth sports injuries to get a sense of the risks involved. There is a sense that youth football leagues have fewer players because parents are afraid their children are at risk of head injury. So soccer should be safer.

Is it? Let's do some good studies and find out.

The Texas study is relying on personnel at the schools to record concussions. So it's not perfect. But hopefully there's a desire to honestly collect data. And there is no sign that ICD-10 codes are being used. Which is fine.

So why does this have anything to do with ICD-10 coding?

If an athlete receives a head injury, hopefully they are taken to a medical professional who will diagnose the boy or girl. At that point, an ICD-10 code will be used.

It will be interesting to correlate ICD-10 data in Texas with this study. Any discrepancies between the two data sets could cast doubt on the effectiveness of school personnel collecting data for the study.

Or maybe physicians aren't doing their part to document sport injuries.

I hope we can learn a lot from the Texas study.