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SPORTS: MEDICINE :

MEDICAL: CONDITIONS: CONCUSSIONS:

Concussion Experts Push More Education, Awareness

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Concussion Experts Push More Education, Awareness

NICOLE LEONARD Staff Writer

September 17, 2017

Press of Atlantic City

http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/news/concussion-experts-push-more-
education-awareness/article_e68935d6-d1a7-53e0-ba9b-d57ef8feb846.html

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CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE Amid growing evidence that repeated concussions and blows to the head can have long-term, possibly fatal outcomes, local concussion experts are working to better inform people about head injuries.

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Specialists at Cape Regional Medical Centers Concussion Center are gearing up for fall sports season injuries, typically to student athletes although adults and seniors can have such injuries all year.

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More awareness about head injuries is needed.

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Theres a misconception that concussions are strictly due to sports injuries, but we have a program and treatments that serve kids and adults who get concussions just as much from falls and car accidents, too, said A.J. Weiss, concussion center rehabilitation and treatment manager.

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Gov. Chris Christie earlier this year signed a law designating the third Thursday of September as Concussion Awareness Day in New Jersey. Legislators said they hoped awareness would lead to education about the serious consequences of concussions, treatment and resources.

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Of the 2.8 million traumatic brain injury-related emergency department visits and hospitalizations in 2013, most were concussions, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and about 300,000 children who were treated in a single year for a concussion or brain injury got hurt while playing sports or in recreation.

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Scientists have explored more about concussions in recent years, especially as high rates of head injuries are found in sports such as football. Researchers have looked into how repeated head injuries and concussions could lead to chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative brain disease.

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A report published in July in the Journal of the American Medical Association by Dr. Ann McKee, chief neurologist of VA Boston Healthcare System and director of the CTE Center at Boston University, said 110 of 111 brains of deceased National Football League players were found to have CTE.

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Part of what we do for education is informing people about second impact syndrome, which can be fatal, Weiss said. It happens when someone sustains a second concussion before the first one heals, and that could lead to weeks or months of therapy, permanent damage, or worst case, death.

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Concussion symptoms include dizziness, headache, vision trouble, sometimes brief unconsciousness, fatigue, poor balance, sensitivity to light, vomiting and disorientation, among others.



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