What Are The Risks For Brain Injury In Youth Sports?
About 20 percent of teens have been diagnosed with one concussion, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Sudden movement caused by a jolt or blow to the head can lead to brain damage. Although not immediately life-threatening, these traumatic brain injuries called concussions carry more risk for children and adolescents.
Symptoms include physical, cognitive and mood disruptions like headaches, issues with balance and difficulty concentrating.
What does preliminary data tell us about concussions in boys' and girls' organized athletics?
What does the latest research show about traumatic brain injury? How are parents and coaches addressing concerns?
- Jamey Harrison, deputy director of the University Interscholastic League
- Dr. Munro Cullum, neuropsychologist with the O’Donnell Brain Institute at UT Southwestern and oversees the statewide registry
- Dr. Dan Santa Maria, physician at Sports Medicine San Antonio
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