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You may have noticed over the past few months that concussion injuries have received a great deal of attention as people in the medical and sports worlds have begun to speak out about the long-term problems associated with this injury (MoveforwardPT.com). The Centers for Disease Control estimate that in sports alone, more than 3.8 million concussions occur each year. It is vital to receive proper care to prevent complications from concussions, and equally as important to educate high school student-athletes and their parents on the realness of these head injuries. Concussions are Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) that do not necessarily occur from a blow to the head, but rather from the movement of the head; they are injuries that cannot be seen. The chemical reaction that results from brain movement, causes an energy crisis taking glycogen and calcium from the rest of the body and flooding the brain causing symptoms such as, headache, nausea, dizziness, balance problems, light and noise sensitivity, difficulty in concentrating, sleeping too much or too little, and irritability. Concussions

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can lead to potentially long term health problems such as ADD, ADHD, depression, anxiety and according to UPMC (University of Pittsburgh Medical Center) Amyotrophic lateral Sclerosis (ALS) which is referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease. It is difficult to take care of a concussed teenager, because the only way to decrease symptoms is REST. Proper rest includes: no sports, no running or exercise, no prolonged television or computer usage, no ear buds directly in the ears from iPods, no reading/homework and in some cases no school. The length of time of the injury and symptoms will vary from person to person and not every concussion will act the same. With that said, concussion symptoms may take up to a few days to develop. Connecticut now has a law for concussions. This law states that the student-athlete is not to return to play if the coach, referee, athletic trainer suspects a concussion and must be evaluated by a medical doctor, advanced nurse practitioner and/or athletic trainer. For more information visit this website http:// www.sportsconcussions.org/laws-con necticut.html

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