March 18, 2013
Local high schools are taking precautions when it comes to teenage athletes.
More than one million
athletes are diagnosed with concussions each year in the
The sports with the greatest risk for concussion include football, hockey, soccer and rugby.
It is now recommended that the athletes be removed at the slightest suspicion of a concussion.
Locally, both McDowell and Cathedral Prep are taking precautions to make sure their athletes are safe before getting back on the field.
The head football coach at Cathedral Prep, Mike Mischler, tells us they've seen a significant decrease in the number of concussions because of recent precautions.
They quit having contact on defensive practice days and only hit in practices twice a week.
Cathedral Prep does the same, showing videos about concussions to faculty and student athletes.
Cleveland Clinic Dr. Rick Figler says that if the brain is allowed to heal appropriately, there's a better chance of it recovering faster and possibly better.
Dr. Figler encourages coaches and parents to work together to understand the new set of guidelines.
complete set of guidelines can be found in the Journal of the