CDC Finds Many High School Athletes Do Not Report Concussions

Research released by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) suggests 69 percent of high school athletes continue playing sports with concussion symptoms. To help prevent concussions among young athletes, the CDC has offered suggestions.

Presently, current solutions involve educating coaches and establishing guidelines for testing players suspected of having concussions. In many states, coaches are required to undergo concussion training. Concussion training can help spot injured players so they can receive medical attention. However, if players were not reporting symptoms, it would not matter if coaches had received concussion training.

The Centers for Disease Control has argued schools need to report concussions, and physicians, coaches and trainers must develop guidelines for determining how long athletes should be sidelined from playing.

Why Is It Important to Report Concussions?

Recommendations from the CDC could help prevent long-term damage from concussions. Concussions can have permanent and life changing effects. Symptoms such as behavioral changes, headaches, cognitive problems and depression can persist for weeks to months after sustaining a concussion. Depending on the severity, symptoms can persist years later.

In some cases, players can die from second-impact syndrome, a condition where two concussions occur in a short amount of time. Colorado high school athlete Jake Snakenberg died from second-impact syndrome during a high school football game, prompting state legislators to pass laws requiring coaches to take concussion education classes.

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