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Kid Concussion Concerns

CEDAR RAPIDS (CBS 2/FOX 28) -- Brett Favre telling reporters sometimes he cant even remember his own kids names is just the latest headline to draw attention to concussions in sports.

Now The Institute of Medicine is focusing more attention on high school and college sports with a warning and reality check for parents of student athletes. In a report released Wednesday its panel pointed to two critical findings. It says there is little evidence to suggest that helmet designs, face masks and other safety gear can really prevent concussions, as is sometimes claimed. The institute also suggested athletes, parents and coaches need to do a better job of documenting head injuries over time, to determine if an athlete is risking their life when they walk back onto the field.

The panel points out gaps in the medical history of players as they start young and progress to college. Mercy Medical Center Emergency Room Physician Rob Braksiek says its information that can mean life or death.

One big concern is if you have a concussion before you heal from a prior concussion that can cause edema and swelling of the brain it can be life threatening."

Doctors and researchers say documenting that history of brain injuries can be complicated because kids and sometimes even their parents wont always tell the truth.

Cheering on the Washington Warriors at Kingston Stadium in Cedar Rapids Wednesday night, Rob Bleakley says he knows the impact of head injuries first hand. The former football player and boxer says there is definitely a cumulative effect from repeated concussions and he agrees that athletes will absolutely lie to keep playing.

Who wants to sit out of a game, nobody, and I dont know how you prevent that, theyre gonna do what they gotta do to be on the field, theres not much you can do about that.

The Institute  of Medicine report also lists the school sports determined to put athletes most at risk for concussions. For men its football and hockey. For women its soccer and lacrosse.
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