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Concussion Risks Plague Amateur and Pro Athletes—Sports Reaction Center Offers Solution With Concussion Management Program
Date:10/29/2013

Bellevue, WA (PRWEB) October 29, 2013

Concussions have become a hot topic among athletes of all levels, especially among professionals—the National Football League (NFL) recently settled a $765 million lawsuit after 4,500 current and former players sued the organization over concussion-related injuries (1). But Sports Reaction Center (SRC), a sports physical therapy center that attracts amateur and professional athletes both locally and nationally, says amateur athletes are also not immune—due to the growing concern about the permanent effects of concussions, SRC has developed an innovative concussion management program designed to help maintain an athlete’s current and long-term wellbeing.

While the dangers of concussions have received widespread media coverage due to the NFL’s legal case, concussions are also prominent among young, amateur athletes. The number of sports- and recreation-related emergency room visits for traumatic brain injuries—including concussions—was estimated at 248,418 for people aged 10-19 in 2009, the most recent year for which data is available (2). Recent studies show that damage to the brain by concussions can persist for decades after the original trauma, and older athletes who experienced head trauma had symptoms similar to those of early Parkinson’s disease, as well as memory and attention deficits (3).

Per SRC founder Neil Chasan, when athletes return to play on the same day as their initial concussion, they risk a repeat concussion and experiencing Prolonged Post Concussion Syndrome and Second Impact Syndrome—both of which can cause serious and lasting symptoms such as cognitive difficulties and brain damage and/or swelling.

SRC’s Concussion Management Program was created to counteract and reduc
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