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CDC: Head injuries rose 60% in past decade

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that in the past decade, head injuries (including concussions) have risen more than 60% among young people.

But why has this number grown so dramatically in the past decade?

"Now more parents, teachers and schools are identifying them sooner and bringing them to medical professionals and getting them treatment," said Emergency Room Physician Raymond Gutierrez.

Gutierrez says the ER gets a little bit more crowded this time of year because of sports like football and soccer.

Concussions and other head injuries can lead to problems such as memory loss and learning disabilities, so parents and coaches should look out for the symptoms early.

"Typically what you'll have is some slow to respond after the initial head injury. You'll have other symptoms such as dizziness, confusion, nausea and sometimes vomiting," said Gutierrez.

And the sooner you see seek medical help, the better.

Over time, concussions will build upon one another causing a long road to recovery and greatly increasing chances for long-term problems.

"It becomes an added effect. In other words you hit your heat the first time and you get a concussion and you hit you head again and get another concussion and they build up. That's where the problems happen," said Gutierrez.

Gutierrez says ultimately the responsibility falls on the athlete and they should know when to hit the sidelines or continue to play.

The report that the CDC released says 71% of adolescents that were diagnosed with head injuries are males.

The Albany Arthritis & Orthopaedic Center hosts a Black and Blue clinic every Saturday morning for athletes who get injured during Friday night football games.

 

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