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Life with Teens Magazine Highlights the Steps to Prevent Teen Concussions
Date:3/31/2013

ours or days after an injury. Remember that concussions rarely involve losing consciousness; even a “ding” to the head can be serious. Also, familiarize yourself with your school or league concussion policies—including whether they conduct preseason neurocognitive tests like ImPACT to measure an athlete’s memory, concentration, and reaction times.

See a doctor. If you suspect a concussion, get medical help right away. A primary care physician with experience managing head injuries is a good place to start, but see a specialist if symptoms worsen.

Be patient. Resting the body and brain after a concussion is critical. Students should not return to play or school until cleared by a medical professional. Recovery—meaning all symptoms are gone (both while resting and exercising) and balance and brain function are restored—typically takes 7 to 10 days.

Communicate. Let coaches know if your teen has had previous head injuries in any sport. And if your child complains about concussion-type symptoms, take that seriously.

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Life with Teens magazine (http://www.teenlife.com/LifewithTeens) is published by TeenLife Media, LLC, the “go to” source for parents, educators, and teenagers nationwide who are seeking programs and services for college-bound students in grades 7 - 12. Our award-winning website, e-newsletters, specialized guides, and signature events feature thousands of enrichment opportunities that “bring out the best” in teenagers. These include summer programs, community service opportunities, academic experiences, and gap year programs – regionally, nationally and abroad. Access to all of TeenLife's resources is free for registered parents, educators and students at http://www.teenlife.com.

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