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Concussions and student athletes: Get the facts from medical researchers

 

With the recent release of the movie “Concussion”, concussions, particularly in athletes, have become the center of public and media conversations.

Concussions are an important health issue and should certainly be taken seriously. But it’s also important to remember that care from a medical professional with expertise in concussion diagnosis and treatment can generally result in a positive outcome for the patient.

Steps have been taken by schools, medical professionals and legislators around the country to help bring awareness to concussions.

Every state in the country and Washington, DC now have laws regarding concussions that are helping athletes stay safe while playing sports.  In most states, including Michigan, the laws require removing any athlete suspected of having a concussion from play, clearance from an appropriately trained medical professional before returning to play, and educating school personnel, coaches, parents, students and athletes on the nature and risk of concussions.

These laws are an important part of the process in ensuring concussions are recognized and treated in young athletes.  It’s also important to educate yourself on the topic, especially if you or someone you know is involved in athletic activity.

Our new video above provides information from researchers and medical professionals at the forefront of concussion treatment. Take a quick view to learn more about the importance of concussion recognition and management, long-term concussion risks, tips for parents with athletes, new research, and more!

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