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Date:6/28/2012

experiencing another concussion. Dr. Dodick adds.

"Repeat concussions may take longer to resolve and come with a risk of permanent neurological damage or, rarely, death," he says. Children, adolescents and female athletes appear to be at a higher risk for concussions, and may also take longer to recover.

While the importance of baseline testing is clear, the results should be used with a comprehensive neurological evaluation. Although the majority of concussions resolve relatively quickly, some athletes may experience symptoms that may persist for months or longer. The medical care and rehabilitation of these athletes is best achieved by a multidisciplinary team of health professionals with expertise in the evaluation and management of concussions.

Providing this baseline assessment also highlights the importance of safeguarding the brain health of young athletes.

"We are pleased that so many parents, coaches, trainers and students have seen the importance of baseline testing and have opted for this free testing," Dr. Dodick says. "But there is still a long way to go; hopefully, this initiative will be a significant step toward having all youth and adults throughout our state who are involved in competitive or recreational sporting activities establish a baseline."

The baseline concussion testing initiative began soon after the passage of Arizona Senate Bill 1521, which requires that high school athletes who have sustained a concussion be ineligible to return to play until a licensed health care provider has cleared them to return. The law also requires schools to educate coaches, students and parents about the dangers of concussions.


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