Concussion Clinic

By WBNG News

July 22, 2010 Updated Jun 24, 2010 at 11:39 PM EDT

A former professional wrestler was in town to speak to local athletes and coaches about the life altering affects of a common sports injury: concussions.

Chris Nowinski says a head concussion is nothing to play with.

He held a Concussion Clinic for parents, coaches and children to explain the health risks of a concussion.

Nowinski says, "The most important message is if you think you have a concussion you're done for the day. When in doubt, sit out. Because you can actually cause sudden death by going back too soon."

The CDC estimates nearly four million concussions happen every year in sports. According to Nowinski, only about five percent of athletes actually report those concussions.

Many players don't think concussion are a big deal or they want to keep playing.

Nowinski says a Concussion is a serious brain injury and a person doesn't have to be knocked unconcious to experience it.

A bump or a blow to the head can cause a concusion

Concussions are even more severe for younger athletes because the developing brain is very sensitive to the injury.

Riley Curry plays football at Appalaichan Middle School. He says, "I'm going to be so much more precautious to every single thing I do, during when I'm playing."

Annie Rodgers, a middle school athlete in Michigan says, " I thought it was scary because the men are less likely than the girls. I thought that was really weird cause usually we're like violent and
stuff and I guess something in our neck muscles or something."

Nowinksi says females are actually diagnosed for concussions 70 percent more than men.

Parents say those facts are sobering but helpful.

Theresha Brozovick is a parent of three young football players.

She says,"Kids when they get injured they just want to jump and go right back in and not realize that they may be hurt. The message is. Kids will be the one to say they're ok to go back in and they're not ok to go back in."

Awareness and quick medical attention is key.

Don't ignore the symptoms for the sake of the game.

Visit the CDC website for more information on specific symptoms and how a concussion can be treated.

www.cdc.gov/concussion concussion.

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