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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - A new study finds 1.35 million kids visit the emergency room every year with severe sports-related injuries. Of those, thousands have concussions.

“Concussions are particularly serious,” says Kate Carr with Safe Kids Worldwide, which conducted the study. “We’re talking about an injury that is internal and they make up 12 percent of visits to emergency rooms.”

Carr says what is most shocking is the age of the kids.

“Of the kids who were in the ER because of concussion, we found 47 percent of the kids who were there were between the ages of 12 to 15,” she says.

Carr says parents and coaches need to better recognize the signs of a concussion and make sure those kids are removed from the game.

When it comes to knee injuries, there’s a notable gender gap.

“Girls are eight times more likely to tear their ACL than boys,” Carr says. “That one is kind of a shocker but it’s repeated again and again.”

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