The youth sports world has a few new suggested rules to follow when it comes to treating concussions.
When in doubt, pull them out. That's the crux of new guidelines from the American academy of neurology on treating athletes who've taken a big blow to the head.
"You have one brain. That's it. That's all you're gonna get," said Dr. Richard Figler at the Cleveland Clinic.
The guidelines recommend coaches take players out of the game as soon as they think they may have suffered a concussion. And, they shouldn't be allowed to play again until they've been checked out by a health professional well versed in concussion treatment. Neurologists say the brain can recover more quickly if the athlete rests immediately, and is given time to heal. (sot: richard figler, md - cleveland clinic)
"The kids that continue to increase their heart rate and get headaches during the course of the game, those are the brains that don't get better faster," said Figler.
Children and high school-aged players should be treated more conservatively. The academy found evidence that younger brains take longer to recover than college athletes'.
"There's a very small percentage of these children that are going to the major leagues or the NFL or the NBA, be protective of their future which is primarily going to be their brain function, right?" said Figler.
Experts say that protection likely will not come from a helmet, which is designed to prevent skull fractures, not concussions.
Symptoms of a concussion include ongoing headaches, fogginess, sensitivity to light and sound, and changes in reaction time and balance.
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