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Kids and Sports: Playing it Safe

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(ARA) - With the school year fast approaching, kids are getting back to the books and enjoying all of their favorite extracurricular activities, including team sports. With sports injuries being one of the leading causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs), knowing what precautions to take can help prevent serious brain injuries.

As reported by the Brain Injury Association of America, there are approximately 5.3 million Americans living with a disability caused by TBIs. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that in the United States alone, sports related concussions have reached epidemic proportions.

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How does this relate to children? TBIs are the number one cause of death and disability in children and adolescents in the United States. According to www.kidssource.com, more than 1 million children incur head injuries each year, but many who experience mild injuries never even consult with a medical professional after the incident. Atlantic NeuroSurgical Specialists (ANS), one of the Northeast's leading pediatric and adult Neurosurgery firms, has put together some information on preventing and recognizing TBIs.

"TBIs are one of the most common conditions I see as a neurosurgeon," notes ANS neurosurgeon, Brian Beyerl M.D. "Parents and coaches need to work together with children to ensure the safest playing conditions are being made available to today's youth," he adds. "Taking very simple precautions, such as wearing the proper protective gear, can help increase a child's safety."

Dr. Beyerl suggests some preventative measures and how to identify symptoms of TBIs:

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