Opinion: All N.J. should have concussion management programs for student athletes

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By Dr. Emil L. Matarese

High school athletes across New Jersey soon will be sizing up their shin guards, strapping on their football helmets and stretching their limbs to protect themselves from injury.

However, few of our schools will be doing all that is necessary to protect these young athletes from potential brain injury.

I hear frequently that an athletic injury was “just” a concussion. Yet, concussions are traumatic brain injuries — and they all must be taken seriously.

Permanent brain injuries and death have occurred when athletes with concussions were allowed to return to play before they were fully healed. A second impact …read more

Source: NJ.com Mercer

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