Local Concussion Summit educates coaches, kids

8:03 PM, May 10, 2013   |    comments
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ATLANTA -- Many high school athletes say they would continue to play in a game even if they knew they had suffered a concussion.

Researchers at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center said that nearly all the high school football players they talked with could identify the signs of a concussion, but just half said they would tell their coach if they were experiencing symptoms.

A Concussion Summit was held in Atlanta over the weekend, being sponsored by Pop Warner, the oldest and largest your football organization in the country, with over 400,000 members.

The goal of the summit is to educate coaches and kids about ways to prevent concussions.

"There's never going to be a helmet that will protect the brain from a concussion because it is the movement of the brain inside the cranium itself," Dr. Tony Strickland, CEO, Sports Institution Institute said. 

He said what can be done is detect early in the process. Mouth guards can send out radio waves that alert of a high-velocity encounter.

"We can then in turn do a sideline evaluation to determine if in fact that athletes symptomatic," Strickland said.

The timing of the summit couldn't be better - it was not that long ago that Gov. Deal signed the Concussion Law.

That law outlines the care of athletes with concussions and when they can return to play.  



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