What Should Parents Know About Concussions?

Aug 29, 2014

Football season is officially underway this weekend, and this season, there’s extra emphasis on the effects of concussions.

When the brain gets bounced around, you're damaging the actual neurons.

Dr. Andy Peterson, Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and Sports Medicine at the University of Iowa, says that’s for good reason. “You can’t really do anything to protect the skull enough to protect the brain.” 

Peterson says that while there hasn’t been much movement on research in the last year, we know much more than we did five years ago. He says that reducing the amount of contact play is the only thing we know that reduces the risk of concussions.