FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) - Concussions in sports has been a hot topic in recent years for athletes, parents and coaches.
Parkview Sports Medicine held a concussion-prevention discussion Tuesday night at Indiana Tech's Schafer Center.
Chris Nowinski, co-founder and executive director of the Sports Legacy Institute and co-director of the Boston University’s CSTE, was the keynote speaker, and shared some of his research he and his organizations have found over the years.
Nownski, a former college football player and WWE Hardcore Champion, spoke about how a series of concussions ended his professional wrestling career. He explained how education is important to prevent and treat concussions.
“That a lot of what we provide to the pro athletes is not being provided to youth athletes, and so the changes that have been made haven't trickled down,” Nowinski says. “So we need to take what we've done at the pro level and get it down to the kids.”
Nowinski says an athlete with a concussion may need weeks to rest the brain and fully recover.
“In the NFL they only hit in practice one day a week but the high school level you might two or three times and just dramatically increase your risk of brain damage.”
Nowinski is also the author or the book, Head Games: Football's Concussion Crisis from the NFL to Youth Leagues, which chronicles Nowinski’s brain injuries and research done over the years.
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