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Debate Continues Over How Parents, Young Athletes Deal With Concussion Risks

Football field
(Photo by Giovanni Arteaga - CC BY 2.0)
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Football field.

There’s been an increased awareness of concussions, and their impacts, over the past several years, and sports leagues have worked to adapt.

But how parents and young athletes deal with those risks has become somewhat of a debate.

Sports Journalist Joanne Gerstner is Co-Author of a new book called "Back in the Game." It seems her approach to the issue of concussions at least to some degree goes against the conventional wisdom about preventing and treating concussions.
in Arizona, high school student-athletes, as well as those at ASU, have to take an online course about concussions called BrainBook.

It’s largely the work of Dr. Javier Cardenas, Director of the Barrow Concussion and Brain Injury Center at Barrow Neurological Institute. Cardenas explains what he makes of Gerstner's perspective, that the pendulum has maybe swung too far to the side of caution, and not letting kids play sports.

Mark Brodie is a co-host of The Show, KJZZ’s locally produced news magazine. Since starting at KJZZ in 2002, Brodie has been a host, reporter and producer, including several years covering the Arizona Legislature, based at the Capitol.