Preventing Teenage Concussions

A new report published by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association put out some staggering numbers about concussions in teenagers.
The report states that diagnosed concussion for teenagers has surged 71% in the last five years and most of these cases come from student athletes.
For the most part, people link concussions  to the gridiron.
With high profile injuries in the NFL and Hollywood’s take on long term player health with the movie “Concussion”, it’s easy to see why.
Concussions can happen in any sport, to any athlete including our student athletes.
That’s why schools like Walker High School has taken extra steps to keep their students healthy.
Walker High School recently opened a new sports medicine facility where the school teamed with North Oaks Health System to provide on-site medical care.
Walker High’s battle against sports related concussions actually starts before players take the field.
Jason St. Pierre, the Principal of Walker High School, said, “Before any sports season started we do a concussion protocol.  They will do a base line with the students with all of our students and keep that on file”.
Across the nation, the amount of diagnosed concussions for student athletes has grown, but this isn’t necessarily a bad thing.   
The growing numbers have been credited to the heightened awareness of concussions and the dangers of head injuries.
It is all about keeping our student athletes in the game both on and off the field.

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