Doctors recommend that teen athletes leave the game immediately if they receive a head injury, and a new study shows why. Researchers examined wrestlers, football players, and other athletes ages 12 to 19. Those that continued to play after receiving a concussion required twice as much recovery time as athletes that left the field immediately. “Playing through the pain” is never a good idea because young people’s developing brains are especially at risk for long-term damage from concussions.
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