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Published August 29, 2012, 07:33 PM

Growing Concern Over Concussions in High School Sports

North Dakota high schools are spreading awareness about concussions after a particularly rough year. Last year 580 high schoolers in North Dakota suffered concussions.

By: Christine Boggy, WDAZ

North Dakota high schools are spreading awareness about concussions after a particularly rough year. Last year 580 high schoolers in North Dakota suffered concussions.

Sports-related concussions are dominating headlines. Now high schools are doing more to try to educate parents, coaches and athletes on how to prevent concussions as well as identify signs.

The Grand Forks Public school district requires coaches to take part in an education program on concussions. This program touches on concussion signs and symptoms, what to do if one occurs, and how long a student athlete should be off the field. The program is important because concussions can be hard to detect.

Jon Sandy, Certified Athletic Trainer: "They can be difficult to detect because sometimes the signs and symptoms associated with concussions don't happen until hours after the game or possibly even days after the incident has occurred."

Statistics from a North Dakota High School Activities survey from 117 schools show that about one in every 45 athletes suffered a concussion in this state last year.

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