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Health Minute: Sports-Related Head Injuries

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Updated: 9/28/2012 11:33 am
Over the past few years, a lot of emphasis has been put on finding out more about sports-related head injuries.  Dr. Paul Spurgas, a neurosurgeon with Ellis Neuroscience Center, shares information about concussions every parent should know.

"It's very common for concussions to occur especially in contact sports [like] soccer or football," says Dr. Spurgas.  "They've been said to have long term effects on patients and children."

Dr. Spurgas also says the state just passed a bill about a month ago stating that children under the age of 19 have to be removed from sport if they sustain a concussion and they are unable to return until they are cleared by a physician. 

"When you sustain a concussion, essentially your brain is moving while you're moving and when you have a sudden stop the brain strikes the inside of your skull which is made of hard bone," says Dr. Spurgas.  "That bruises the inside of the brain and causes almost a short circuit."

Dr. Spurgas also adds that it has been identified that if a person receives a concussion before they've recovered from a previous concussion, they have a much higher increased risk of severe brain injury.

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