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Supporters say the tests can be valuable in determining when athletes who have had concussions should return to competition and school, but others wonder how worthwhile they are.
A professor at the University of Nebraska says more research into athletes' gear and better education of teachers, athletes and medical students are needed to improve responses to head injuries.
Howard County Public Schools saw a 19 percent drop last school year in reported sports-related concussions, after numbers steadily rose for several years.
A Frederick High School student's experience proves the college application process can be completed even with concussion symptoms--with help from a variety of sources, including family, high school teachers and counselors.
Young athletes suffering from concussion symptoms are turning to online athlete injury support groups in the absence of more traditional face-to-face groups geared to their needs.
Just four of Maryland’s 24 public school districts have athletic trainers working full-time with student athletes in all high schools, recent calls conducted by Capital News Service reveal. That means thousands of student athletes throughout the state are participating in practices and games without a licensed healthcare professional on hand for emergency medical situations.
It's difficult to say if concussions have decreased or increased in quantity, because the county now has a reporting system in place that did not exist before, says one high school athletic director.
The guidelines are part of increased efforts in youth football to improve safety and better protect players from head injuries in the wake of publicity over NFL players who suffered degenerative brain disease after years of playing the collision sport.
As concussion awareness grows, some sports leagues are finding ways to improve safety for athletes. Yet a lingering problem remains: The culture behind sports often pressures athletes to ignore injuries and to “tough out” what can be a life-threatening blow.
What seemed like a run-of-the-mill knock to the head during a Baltimore teen's junior varsity basketball game was a concussion that would drastically alter her freshman year and cause reverberations four years later.