Concussions: Teen’s Tragedy Spurs Policy Change

Concussions: Teen’s Tragedy Spurs Policy Change

Source: WebMD

Each year, about 4 million sports- and recreation-related concussions happen in the U.S., according to the CDC. Of those, many affect young people. Most of the time, concussions are minor and people can spring back quickly and make a full recovery, says Stanley Herring, MD. He's a clinical professor and co-medical director of the Sports Concussion Program at University of Washington Medicine and Seattle Children's Hospital. Herring told the conference that giving the injured time to recover is vital.

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