Program Gives Parents ‘Heads Up’ About Concussions

DETROIT (WWJ) – In less than two weeks, most Michigan kids will head back to school, but many student athletes are already back on the field for fall sports.

That means it’s time to study up on prevention — and treatment — of sports concussions.

Michigan youth football groups are taking part in a new national program called “Heads Up,” designed to help players, parents and coaches prevent and recognize head and neck injuries to young players.

WWJ Health Reporter Sean Lee Doctor spoke with Brett Martin with Henry Ford Hospital’s Concussion Clinic.

“One of the things, the most common, you’re going to see is a headache,” Martin said. “Outside of that you can nausea; you can have dizziness; you can have blurred vision.

“You can have where you’re just not thinking clearly; you’re groggy. You’re not feeling right is a very common way to describe it,,” he said.

Martin said the average concussion takes seven to 10 days for recovery — and that means physical and mental rest before safely returning to the game.

For more on the Heads Up program, visit this link.

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