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Concussions Not a Minor Injury

A sad tragedy highlights what I have known for years.  Concussions can be dangerous, and deadly, even when it seems innocuous at the time.  This boy, a junior in high school, suffered two concussions in two weeks and then died two days after his third concussion.  The brain is a remarkable organ, but it is also one of the most sensitive.  Think of it as a computer.  It is a wondrous device, but drop that computer on the floor and all of a sudden the connections go haywire.  The brain is no different, and until medical personnel and coaches fully realize this problem, serious injuries and deaths will occur.  Parents, if your child has suffered a concussion, remember that it is a brain injury.  Don’t let anyone tell you that the child should just “brush it off and play with the pain.”  It doesn’t work that way.  Traumatic Brain Injuries of any type are serious, and should be treated accordingly.  For the full article, please click on the following link:  http://www.parentdish.com/2009/11/17/concussions-not-just-minor-injury/

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