A concussion is a brain injury. Concussions are caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or body. Even what seems to be a mild bump or blow to the head can be serious.
Student athlete concussions are a serious issue, and Memorial Health System’s Sports Medicine Program urges parents of students and students playing contact sports to take concussions seriously. If an athlete returns to play too soon after a concussion, the brain can suffer serious long-term consequences.
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The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all student athletes in contact sports take baseline tests.
The estimates regarding the likelihood of an athlete in a contact sport experiencing a concussion may be as high as 19%, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Data compiled from studies performed by Ohio State University College of Medicine show that perhaps 49% of high school athletes return to play too soon after a concussion.