Doctors warn young athletes to look for signs of concussions

Health experts say it's a good time to remind young athletes the dangers of head injures. Tristan Hardy reports.

TYLER - During the course of the 2017-18 regular football season, there's a chance sports fans will see players getting injured. With playoffs only a month away, concussions are something doctors want players to be on the look out for. Dr. Jerry Schwarzbach believes there may have been an uptick in concussions. 

"It's important to maintain that kids will get checked out as far as getting back out there to play," Schwazbach said. 

At least one study by the institute of medicine showed high school football players suffered 11 concussions for every 10 thousand games and practices. That's compared to college players who suffered six. 

Schools like T.K. Gorman said the number one priority is the safety of its players. That's why they've equipped them with special padded helmets. During this football season, only three players are under the concussion protocol.  Coach Andy McFarlen said three players in his team is too many. 

"I would hope to go a whole season and not have three," McFarlen said. 

Signs of a concussion include: headaches, difficulty concentrating, nausea and sensitivity to noise or light. Dr. Cathy Fiesler, who's treated hundred of students athletes, said she sees brain injuries in almost every sport. In regards to concussions, she said it's often unreported. 

"People are going to do whatever they can to stay in the game, even if it's covering up symptoms." 

Making sure players have received the best first-class care is something Coach McFarlen said he'll continue to enforce with his players. Symptoms of concussions can last for weeks or longer. Experts said adults may have a slower recovery stage compared to young children and teenagers. 

 

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