The American Medical Association, responding to rising concern about concussions in youth sports like soccer and football, on Tuesday adopted policies intended to lower the risk of these brain injuries and called for prompt diagnosis and medical care.
The influential doctors' group recommended that young athletes suspected of having a concussion be removed immediately from a game and permitted to return only with a doctor's written approval.
There has been increasing concern about concussions in sports, from the professional ranks down to youth leagues.
Concussions are a traumatic brain injury typically caused by a blow to the head, sometimes but not always causing a loss of consciousness. They can cause headaches, dizziness, concentration, memory, balance and coordination problems, nausea, blurry vision and other symptoms.
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