Va. Beach Schools closely monitoring concussions

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by Lucy Bustamante, 13News

WVEC.com

Posted on September 6, 2012 at 5:26 PM

Updated Thursday, Sep 6 at 5:40 PM

VIRGINIA BEACH - A new study says professional football players are three times more likely to die from Alzheimer's Disease or Lou Gehrig's Disease because of damage done to brain cells. 

Virginia Beach Schools is in its second year of enforcing a strict concussion monitoring program.

"That student would be removed from play and that student can't return to play that same day," explained Director of Student Activities David Rhodes.

He says it can be as long as five days before a child is allowed to return to his sport after a head injury. And that student would have to get medical clearance before being allowed to play again.

Student-athletes must also take a cognition exam every other year to determine whether they may have suffered a concussion.

 

 

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