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November 14, 2012

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Doehrman Chamberlain

The story in the Times is insightful, but remember that sports-related concussion statistics can be misleading because they only reflect those treated in the ER. We’re glad to read that brain injuries, including concussions, are “the hottest topic of late” among safety officials in youth sports, as awareness leads to prevention. Concern about soccer heading and other activities that cause concussion risks is important for kids and teens, because their brains are still developing. Regular jarring of the brain in these younger athletes not only makes them more vulnerable to concussions but also can set them up for more serious brain injuries later in life.

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