CommonHealth: Keeping Your Head Out Of The Game08:13

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New and troubling information about the lingering effects of concussion and mild traumatic brain injury, or TBI, seem to be coming out on a daily basis. The latest: a recent article in the journal Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. It finds that symptoms from TBI can last as long as 12 months after the injury.

Back in 2010, the state of Massachusetts passed legislation that issued new guidelines for how to handle concussions in youth sports. That legislation is now just starting to take effect, mandating that anyone involved in school sports, including the parents and students of athletes, be trained in the  recognition, management and prevention of concussions.

The new guidelines also require that once a concussion is diagnosed, an athlete must sit out the remainder of the game or practice and must be medically cleared before they can return to play.

Carey Goldberg of WBUR's CommonHealth and Dr. Carolyn Roy-Bornstein, a pediatrician whose son suffered a traumatic brain injury nine years ago and still deals with the lingering effects today, join Radio Boston to discuss why cognitive rest is just as crucial as physical rest after a concussion.



This segment aired on July 17, 2012.