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New concussion study: Not finding sports head injuries right away doubles recovery time

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

It's not secret that some high school athletes will play even though they have a concussion, even at Cape Central High School. 

"We want to play as much as we can," said Hunter Limbach, Senior Left Tackle for the Tigers. 

He is the perfect example for concussions. He's had two major concussion but reported them immediately. This helped keep his recovery time low.

According to a new study by the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, student-athletes who report the injuries recover in three weeks instead six weeks. 

Trainer Kate Yamada said that Cape Central has a few different techniques to help catch head injuries but the parents watching their child can help more than anything else.

"Unsteadiness, wobbling, stuff like that is probably the biggest as far as something objective," said Yamada. "They know what their kid walks like normally."

If you are wondering what your states concussion requirements are they can be found bellow.

  • Missouri's information sheet can be found here
  • Illinois' information sheet can be found here
  • Kentucky's information sheet can be found here

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