Hundreds of children have been treated for sports-related head injuries at the Royal Children’s Hospital in the past six months and many are returning to the field after a concussion, contrary to guidelines.

About 300 children arrived at the hospital’s emergency department with sports-related head injuries between May and November.

They included 90 children who took part in a Murdoch Childrens Research Institute study on concussion, to be presented at the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine’s annual scientific meeting in Adelaide on Tuesday.

Most of the children aged between five and 18 years reported one or more of the main symptoms of concussion, including loss of consciousness #38 percent, disorientation #34 percent, vomiting #20 per cent, amnesia #29 percent and headache #49 percent.

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