Concussion Number Up Among High School Athletes

- As the high school football season kicks off - so does a renewed focus on safety.
The number of high school athletes who suffer from head injuries each year, continues to grow.
With a new law in place athletic trainers are hoping it will be enough to raise awareness

Pam and Jeff Lashbrook's son Shristian plays Brockport football-- he suffered from a hockey concussion two years ago and was out for three weeks.

Christian wasn't alone.
Last year at Brockport High School, more than 60 different students suffered from concussions for all sports--majority of them happened right here on the football field.
That number unfortunately has gone up since a law went into effect in 2011.
The act requires School District's to educate parents and students about the dangers of concussion, and help students who've been injured.
Athletic trainer Jason Wentworth says this is a serious problem and it's his job to help.

Some of the symptoms include headaches, dizziness, nausea or fatigue.
Wentworth tells us the helmets the high school athletes wear aren't as protective as he'd like them to be.

Teenagers who have suffered from a concussion know it's a long process before they can get back in the game-- the law requires neurological tests and physican clearance.
Student athletes have to think about the consequences--and so do their parents.
If left untreated, the results can cause serious brain injury, or sometimes even death.

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