• Sports-Related Concussion and Head Injury
     
     
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    A concussion is a brain injury that can be caused by a blow to the head or body that disrupts normal functioning of the brain.  Concussions are a type of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), which can range from mild to severe and can disrupt the way the brain normally functions.  Concussions can cause significant and sustained neuropsychological impairment affecting problem solving, planning, memory, attention, concentration, and behavior.

     

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 300,000 concussions are sustained during sports related activities nationwide, and more than 62,000 concussions are sustained each year in high school contact sports.  Second-impact syndrome occurs when a person sustains a second concussion while still experiencing symptoms of a previous concussion.  It can lead to severe impairment and even death of the victim.

     

    Legislation (P.L. 2010, Chapter 94) signed on December 7, 2010, mandated measures to be taken in order to ensure the safety of K-12 student-athletes involved in interscholastic sports in New Jersey.  It is imperative that athletes, coaches, and parent/guardians are educated about the nature and treatment of sports related concussions and other head injuries. 
     
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