Nearly 70 percent of young athletes with a possible concussion continued playing in a game or practice, according to a federal report released Tuesday to alert people of the dangers of brain injuries. And 40 percent of the 800 high school athletes interviewed said their coaches were unaware that they had a possible injury, potentially putting them at risk for even more harm since young brains are still developing, according to the report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While more people have become aware in recent years of the potential for serious and long-term effects of head injuries, “we have a long way to go,” said Grant T. Baldwin, director of the CDC’s Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention.
The CDC report, “Concussion at Play: Opportunities to Reshape the Culture Around Concussion,” summarizes the current research on concussions, and on awareness and behaviors among athletes, coaches, parents, school professionals and health care providers. Read more at:http://www.northjersey.com/news/most-young-athletes-with-possible-concussion-continue-to-play-study-says-1.1415631