Concussions among younger kids - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/30/10

Concussions among younger kids

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By Karin McCay| email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – We talked about concussions last week, and in light of a new program for athletes called the impact test, which offers a baseline test to kids before an injury for comparison later. Coincidentally, a new study from the Centers for Disease Control is emphasizing how important it is for parents of all children to understand the seriousness of a concussion. The CDC says kids don't have to be an athlete to be at risk. It says concussions among younger kids, ages 8 to 13 have doubled since 1997.

Dr Jefrey Kutcher says that "when a brain is still developing, it's still wiring, it's still getting organized. There's a lot that can go wrong, and at that age it's really important to be very careful." to boost concussion awareness, the CDC has just released a free online training tool, especially for parents and teachers, and anyone who may not have access to high school coaches and trainers on the lookout for a concussion. It includes a really good video showing how a concussion can bounce a child's developing brain.

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