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Concussions in sports

  • For parents and guardians


    Kids who play sports are at risk for a concussion. This is a blow to the head that affects how the brain works.

    A concussion can also happen after a hit to the body that causes the head to move quickly back and forth.

    All sports - not just football - pose a risk. A body hit, fall or minor bump to the head can cause a serious brain injury.

    Concussions can happen in free play, recreational sports, youth leagues, or in high school and college sports.

    Long-term problems are possible if your child has had more than one concussion, or is re-injured before the brain fully heals.

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