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Concussion Management: When In Doubt, Sit It Out

April 26, 20139 min
When in doubt, sit it out. That's the advice that many doctors give to athletes who sustain a concussion.When in doubt, sit it out.That's the advice that many doctors, especially neurologists, give to athletes who sustain a concussion. Those same doctors often follow up with this sobering admonishment: You only get one brain, so treat it well.Brain health is the one of the primary concerns of guest, Dr. Laura Balcar, co-director of the new concussion center at the NYU Langone Medical Center, which was established to provide comprehensive care and a team approach for patients with concussions.More than a million American athletes experience concussions each year, with the risk of concussion greatest in football and rugby, followed by hockey and soccer. The risk of concussion for young women and girls is greatest in soccer and basketball.According to the World Health Organization, traumatic brain injury is the leading cause of death and disability in children and young adults around the world. It is also a significant issue for soldiers returning from combat.Learn why concussions can be so dangerous, as well as the proper steps to take if you think you or someone you know is suffering from a concussion.

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