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A look at concussions as more get outside

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Nicer weather means more kids outdoors which could mean more injuries. That’s why dozens of doctors, coaches, professionals, and others gathered today in Rochester to discuss concussions. 

This is right on the heels of a study that came out of the Annals of Neurology that showed in a group of players that were diagnosed with CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy) after death, the earlier they played football, the sooner symptoms of CTE. “CTE is certainly a catastrophic brain disease,” said Doctor Andrew Hess, co-chair of the Brain Injury Association of New York State. “A neuropsychiatric disorder, seen in many football players at an alarming rate.” 

Hess is working on a concussion initiative that looks at how concussions are handled. 

“We’re here listening to what are the concerns of the community, so we can really develop a fuller initiative,” said Hess. His group wants updated protocol for all sports, including club play. 

Todd Nelson is the assistant director of New York State Public High School Athletic Association and says they have regulations in place now to protect kids that are even more restrictive at younger ages.  

“School districts can only have a maximum number of contact days per week prior to a game,” says Nelson. The goal here is to have a uniform concussion recovery process. 

Some of the major signs and symptoms of concussions that parents should watch out for include headache, dizziness, ringing in the ears, nausea, slurred speech and others; any sign should result in seeing immediate care.  

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