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Who’s at Risk for a Concussion? It’s Not Just Football Players!

Concussions can happen to anyone and can occur in any sport. And sports aren’t the only risk. Children and adolescents can sustain concussions in a variety of ways: car or bike crashes, gym class or snowboarding. A suspected concussion is serious, no matter where or how it occurred.

Here are a few facts* to consider:

Regardless of whether a concussion occurred on the field of play or at recess, returning to sports too soon will make an athlete’s symptoms last longer and puts the athlete at higher risk for another, more significant injury.

*Reference: Marar M, McIlvain NM, Fields SK, Comstock RD. Epidemiology of concussions among United States high school athletes in 20 sports. Am J Sports Med. 2012 Apr;40(4):747-55.

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If you suspect a concussion

Contact your child’s primary care doctor for evaluation.

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If symptoms persist, you can schedule an appointment with
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