THREE-MILLION-THAT'S HOW MANY SPORTS CONCUSSIONS HAPPEN EVERY YEAR, AND MOST OF THEM HAPPEN, NOT TO THE PROS, BUT TO HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETES.
NOW, ONE STATE HAS LAUNCHED AN UNPRECEDENTED EFFORT TO TEACH YOUNG ATHLETES ABOUT THE DANGER OF CONCUSSIONS, TO HELP KEEP KIDS HEALTHY AND IN THE GAME.
"Right as I hit that guy I got this ring. It just went down my spine and up."
IN THIS HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL GAME, 16 -YEAR-OLD QUARTERBACK NATE CALLES LEARNED ABOUT THE DANGER OF CONCUSSIONS THE HARD WAY.
"Now that I can see it, I'm like oooh."
TO TRY TO REDUCE INJURIES LIKE NATE'S AND RAISE AWARENESS. ARIZONA BECAME THE FIRST STATE IN THE COUNTRY TO MANDATE CONCUSSION EDUCATION AND A FORMAL TEST FOR STUDENT ATHLETES MUST TAKE BEFORE PLAY.
("What happens is your brain is shaking around in there when you get a big strong hit...")
BARROW NEUROLOGICAL INSTITUTE DEVELOPED THIS ONLINE TEACHING TOOL CALLED BARROW BRAINBOOK. DOCTORS, PEERS AND PROS HELP KIDS UNDERSTAND CONCUSSIONS, AND THE IMPORTANCE OF REPORTING, AND TREATING THEM.
"There are deaths that have resulted from multiple concussions in football and other sports so it's really important to get the message out and prevent these problems."
SIGNS OF CONCUSSION MAY INCLUDE HEADACHE OR PRESSURE IN THE HEAD, LOSS OF CONSCIOUSNESS, CONFUSION, DIZZINESS, RINGING EARS, SLURRED SPEECH OR FATIGUE.
"Now that there's Brainbook I think kids will start to understand, wow, I had a concussion I need to see somebody right away."
NATE KNOWS HE'S ONE OF THE LUCKY ONES.
THANKS TO MONTHS OF TREATMENT AND REHAB, HE'S BACK IN THE GAME, HOPING THIS NEVER HAPPENS AGAIN.
IN SOME STATES, COACHES AND TRAINERS ARE EDUCATED ABOUT CONCUSSIONS, BUT NOT STUDENTS.
THE MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS WHO CREATED THE BARROW BRAINBOOK PROGRAM HOPE THAT OTHER STATES WILL FOLLOW ARIZONA'S LEAD AND MANDATE EDUCATION FOR THEIR STUDENT ATHLETES ABOUT THE DANGER OF CONCUSSIONS.
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