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Minimizing the risks from concussions

Minimizing the risks from concussions

Source: KING 5 News

It all started with on this day, in this game, with a hit that left Zachery Lystedt sidelined for life. Now all 50 states have passed the Lystedt law which requires medical clearance first before an athlete suspected of having a concussion can go back into the game, but injuries can also happen on the practice field. "We have an athletic trainer here at all times," said Matt Meuting-Nelson, Roosevelt Coach. "It's just safety first, you know we say safety and academics come first. Like I said there's just so much more to life than football." Roosevelt is one of several local schools that contracts with Seattle Children's athletic trainers and not just for football. "Bad things can happen on the playing field, whether it 's in the basketball court, it's on the soccer field or the football field," said Phillip Heywood, Seattle Children's. "Bad things can happen and having someone here to take care of those needs on a daily basis can really help the athletes to stay in a safe environment." "We know that it's easier to get subsequent concussions after you've had your first and we see that pattern repeat frequently," said Dr. Samuel Browd, Seattle Children's.

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