Parents worry about concussions, steer kids away from football

CINCINNATI -- New evidence shows parents worry more about concussions, and steer their kids away from football.

About 40 percent of parents, according to a poll, encourage their young athletes to play another sport, one less risky of a head injury. The long-term effects reported by retired athletes include brain damage, memory loss and attention problems.

The Crosstown Concussion Crew visited St. Ursula to teach kids about the signs and symptoms of concussions. They're educated by Tri-Health and the Mayfield Clinic, and spread some helpful knowledge to middle and high school students around town.

The students learned what happens to the brain when the injury happens, and tried on special goggles that let them see how a concussion would impact their vision.

Doctors say awareness on the football field is increasing, Dr. Sanjiv Lakhia, of physical medicine and rehabilitation said.

"I'm seeing individuals brought in much earlier," he said. "And it's really been enlightening."

Soccer player Megan Niebuhr got a concussion once, and went right back onto the field.

"You do need to take a break," she said. "Which I kind of didn't."

If she could do it again, she would have taken the time for the effects to heal.


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