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What Are The Risks For Brain Injury In Youth Sports?

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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. 

Since Texas has more student athletes than any other state, a statewide registry became the first step towards gathering data and tracking incidents for two dozen sports.

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?


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