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Concussions Can Occur in All Youth Sports

Football players can suffer serious, long-term brain damage from multiple concussions, and this evidence has prompted a number of studies on the danger of concussion in children and young athletes.

Jane Brody writes in today’s New York Times health editorial about the dilemmas and misconceptions parents and children face about the seriousness of concussions and how best way to prevent them.

“The young brain is especially susceptible to concussion, and sports-related concussions account for more than half of all emergency room visits by children aged 8 through 13, according to the National Athletic Trainers’ Association. A child who suffers a concussion is one and a half times more likely to experience another, and those who have had two concussions have a threefold greater risk of the same injury happening again.”

“At the same time, misconceptions among parents and coaches abound about the seriousness of concussions and how best to prevent them, especially for players who often think they are invincible and say they feel fine so they can get back in the game. Studies have found that more than 50 percent of high school athletes and 70 percent of college athletes failed to report concussions they had sustained while playing football.” Read more.

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