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Local neurologist weighs in on study about concussions and loss of consciousness

A new study looks at the effect of concussions on loss of consciousness and an Austin doctor points out something surprising about the findings. Additional information from the study: Most concussions resulting from player-to-player collisions occurred on the front of the head (44.7 percent) and the side of the head (22.3 percent). In general, the number of symptoms, type of symptoms, symptom resolution time and length of time to return to play did not vary based on the location of impact. However, more football players who suffered concussions from an impact on the top of the head lost consciousness, compared to concussions from impacts elsewhere on the head. This type of injury was more likely to occur when players had their head down at the time of impact. Study findings support prevention strategies including education regarding tackling with proper “head-up” technique.

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