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School coaches must recognize concussions

School coaches must recognize concussions

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Although football is typically all about the hits and the violence associated with the game, there is a bigger picture that we all need to look at and that is the future of high school children.

Football is always going to be about tackling the player — that is the spark that keeps the game alive. But when you have a player that is knocked unconscious or shows signs of a concussion, don’t you think that person should stay out of the game until cleared by a medical professional?

Neuroscience for kids is an online Web-based system created by Eric H. Chudler for children and teachers who would like to know more about the nervous systems of children. One particular article showed that about 15 percent to 20 percent of high school football players will have a concussion at some point in their football careers. Making sure these players get adequate medical attention is a priority.

I think coaches and staff need to recognize the signs and have a rule set in place that if there are changes in consciousness that the player is cleared before returning to the field.

The common symptoms of a concussion are headaches, dizziness, confusion, disorientation, blurred vision, amnesia and loss of consciousness. I understand that children, parents and coaches want the child back in the game, but when you weigh the risks and benefits, this is a child’s future.

Samantha Starrenburg, Bloomington


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