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How do families with concussion concerns pick sports?

Thursday, September 04, 2014  
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When Generation X athletes were taking their first steps onto America's fields, courts and gyms in the 1970s, talk of concussion prevention was nonexistent in youth sports.  Fast forward to 2014. Baseline concussion testing and research initiatives, such as the Healthy Kids and Safe Sports Concussion Summit hosted by President Obama in May, are informing coaches and parents about the consequences of concussions and preventive measures to take.  Recently, for example, participation in youth football has taken a hit. Enrollment in Pop Warner, the largest youth football program in the country, has decreased by nearly 9.6% since 2010. Some experts attribute this drop to the increased awareness of the consequences of concussions. A 2012 study by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) found that football players sustain the most concussions of all high school-aged athletes, with 11.2 concussions reported per 10,000 athletic exposures.  With the influx of data on concussions, how do families sort through the statistics and decide what sports they will allow their children to play?  Click here to read moreā€¦..

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