Concussions should be taken seriously. All athletes with suspected concussions should not return to full sports practice or participation until cleared by a doctor or another qualified health care professional.

Here is information from the American Academy of Pediatrics about concussions, including knowing the signs and symptoms of a concussion and what to do if an athlete has a concussion.

A concussion is an injury to the brain that disrupts normal brain function, typically temporarily. It is usually caused by a blow or jolt to the head. However, a concussion may also occur from a hit to the body that produces a reflex force to the head. A concussion may also be called a mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI).

Concussions can happen in any sport but more often occur in collision sports, such as football, rugby, and ice hockey. They are also common in contact sports that don’t require helmets,...

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