New alert sounded on sports concussion injuries

Seven of head coach Scott Wright’s Blue Valley West High School, Texas, football players reported concussion-like symptoms this season, more than any other season for Wright.

“In light of all the stuff about concussions now, if there’s the slightest hint of concern, the guy doesn’t return,” said Wright, who has coached at the school since it opened in 2001. “There’s more understanding, not only by doctors, but by the kids, parents, coaches and everybody involved. It just trickles down from the NFL.”

On Monday, the American Academy of Neurology added its voice to the ongoing debate about concussions and how soon athletes should be allowed to return to competition.

The major doctors group recommended that before returning to sports any athlete suspected of suffering a concussion be evaluated by a neurologist or physician specially trained in the evaluation and treatment of brain trauma.

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