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Heads-up on head injuries

A study by the Institute of Medicine says many athletes and coaches don’t report a possible concussion, even though this raises the risk of re-injury and impedes treatment. The study calls this a ``culture of resistance’’ against reporting.

Robert Graham of the George Washington University in Washington, D.C., chaired the IOM panel that wrote the report, which looked at data on players from 5 to 21 years old. He’d like to see a change that looks like this:

“When a child in this age range suffers a concussion, people say, `That’s a significant event. We’re going to take care of you. You’re not going to go back to competition – you’re not going to go back to school – until we’re sure that you have recovered.”

The study was supported by HHS agencies.

Learn more at healthfinder.gov.

HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.

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