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Health Tip: Reducing Your Risk of Concussion
Wear proper equipment
-- Diana Kohnle

(HealthDay News) -- A concussion occurs when a sharp blow to the head causes a brain injury. About 200,000 people in the United States each year suffer a concussion.

To protect yourself against the injury, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons advises:

  • Always wear protective equipment when playing a sport, but understand that nothing can prevent all concussions.
  • Athletes, especially children, should understand and follow all rules of the sport.
  • Athletes should participate in concussion awareness programs.

If you develop symptoms of concussion -- including headache, confusion, memory loss, vomiting or dizziness -- don't ignore them. Symptoms may begin immediately or after a few days.

In either case, seek prompt treatment, and don't resume playing until given your doctor's permission.

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