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New concussion guidelines aim to reduce traumatic brain injuries

Parents of kids in Texas who play sports are always on the lookout for injuries that are affecting their children. If gets get hurt early in life, despite their ability to be durable and bounce back, there is always a chance that their injuries will end up being lifelong ones. This is no more evident than when it comes to brain injuries such as concussions.

The most popular sport in Texas is football, and kids had been told for decades to shake off injuries such as concussions. A little grogginess was part of the price that had to be paid for being an athlete. However, as more has become known about brain injuries, the standards imposed by the medical community have gotten stricter.

  - Article By Richard Weaver

The American Academy of Neurology has recently updated its guidelines regarding young athletes who suffer head injuries. The academy now recommends that any athlete who is suspected to have a concussion be immediately taken out of competition. Experts who helped develop the new guidelines say there isn't a single standard that all athletes can be measured against; it is all dependent on the individual.

Research has shown that athletes of high school age and younger require a longer period to get back into playing form; because the guidelines say that athletes should not return until they are without acute symptoms, this could cause tension with young people who are eager to get back to playing again. However, it is important to keep the well-being of these kids in mind ahead of their desire to be active.

Source: medicalxpress.com, "American Academy of Neurology issues updated sports concussion guideline," March 18, 2013

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