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From Voice of America:

There are an estimated 300,000 sports-related traumatic brain injuries in the United States each year.

A national study by a major pediatric research center of young athletes 15-to-24 years old reveals that sports are second only to motor vehicle crashes as the leading cause of injury to the brain.

And concussions represent 10 percent of all high school athletic injuries.

Every year, more than 60,000 U.S. high school athletes sustain a concussion, a type of brain injury that can be caused by a blow to the head or even the upper body. While most of them occur during a game or practice of American football, concussions can also happen in just about any other contact sport. This includes soccer, lacrosse, baseball and even wrestling.

Certified athletic trainer Alison Lane of Annandale High School in Virginia says:

"We do a pre-screening where we do a baseline cognitive test where we have the athletes sit down and take a 20-minute test to see how they think cognitively when they’re healthy, so that when they do get injured and they do sustain a concussion, we can then go back and compare it. That gives us some objective data to use when we’re evaluating and deciding whether an athlete is ready to go back to play."
If you've read this blog for any length of time, you might remember that Jack funded Alexandria Virginia's Episcopal High School's baseline cognitive tests years ago, when no one was doing them. Jack's foresight was right on as today more and more schools and even school districts are requiring baselines for all athletes in contact sports. Long overdue, but still very welcome.

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