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Concussions Still a Main Concern This Sports Season

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For many schools in the area, fall sports start on Monday.

But before the practices, parents and coaches took time tosit in on a Mankato symposium on how to prevent common sports injuries.

Some things just go hand in hand. And when it comes to beingin sports, it's likely you'll have to nurse some sort of injury at one point.

But before fall athletics kick off, some people took thetime to learn more about preventing common injuries.

United South Central schools athletic director, Sue Summer says, "Through basketball and volleyball andwrestling and football we saw many, many concussions. More than I ever rememberin a lot of the past years. Concussions was another buzz year and I just wantto know. What can we do as coaches to help prevent them?"

When it comes to treating players' concussions it'simportant to remember this.

Athletic trainer, Troy Hoehn says, "When in doubt, sit 'em out. So if youhave any questions about what might be going on we want to make sure to getthem out of the game so that we don't have any potential increase of problemsin the future and potentially getting some second impact symptoms going on withsending them back too soon."

Experts say preventing concussions can be challenging butthey can be controlled.

Hoehn says, "Ultimately, education, is probably theonly way to prevent. We can't prevent. The helmets are getting better, thedifferent things they are going to increase the prevention but ultimately wecan't stop it from happening. We just got to try and find the best way to slowit down a little bit more."

And to do that, Hoehn suggests teaching young footballplayers how to tackle properly and having all athletes gain strength in theirneck and back to have more control.

Because if concussions aren't treated seriously, the outcomecan be very serious.

Summer says, "Throughout national sports and thingslike that people have committed suicide and things like that, it's like hey, weneed to be aware and we need to do something about this."