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What we know about concussions and not just in pro football players

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Jan 3, 2012 1:51 AM

Radio Smart Talk for Tuesday, January 3:

The Mayo Clinic defines a concussion as "a traumatic brain injury that alters the way your brain functions. Effects are usually temporary, but can include problems with headache, concentration, memory, judgment, balance and coordination.

Although concussions usually are caused by a blow to the head, they can also occur when the head and upper body are violently shaken. These injuries can cause a loss of consciousness, but most concussions do not. Because of this, some people have concussions and don't realize it."

Researchers are learning more about concussions all the time -- especially the long-term effects of those who have suffered multiple concussions.  The number and severity of concussions, and probably lawsuits filed by former players have focused most of the attention on concussions in the National Football League.  But there have been many reports recently that describe the impact on young athletes -- even in sports like soccer that were considered safe.

We'll examine the latest on concussions on Tuesday's Radio Smart Talk.

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