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Sep 5, 2012 11:59 AM by Marissa Torres

Concussion Concerns

It's a scary trend, concussions on the rise. Now doctors are warning parents about this serious injury that can leave kids with life long problems.

"This is a particularly treacherous time of year, especially for high school football," says director of Pediatric Medicine, Dr. Paul Grabb, for Memorial Hospital.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, there was about a 60% increase in the estimated number of concussions and other traumatic brain injuries seen in young athletes over the past decade.

While the injuries come from a span of activities, Dr. Grabb says most are football related.

"I think it's the bravado of the initiation, starting the season they [players] tend to throw themselves head first into things and other people."

While concussions may be tough to avoid, Dr. Grabb says the best thing you can do is look for the signs. Sypmtoms include confusion, headache, nausea or vomiting, blurry vision and dizziness.

As of January 2012, the state of Colorado requires high school coaches to be educated on concussions, a student athlete must be removed from the field if a concussion is suspected, and that student must be signed off by a healthcare professional before getting back in the game

 

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