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FILE - In this Nov. 29, 2015 file photo, San Jose Marauders youth football players play sports mascots during halftime of an NFL football game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Arizona Cardinals in Santa Clara, Calif. The first concussion study of its kind found youth football players are more likely to return to play less than a day after injury than than those in high school and college. The novel research also found differences in concussion symptoms depending on players' age, offering guidance for parents, doctors and coaches in assessing injured players. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
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Parents need to know concussion risks when allowing kids to play sports

PHOENIX — You need to be informed if your kid plays football. Or really any other sport, for that matter.

“There are risks with most sports that children play in,” Dr. Reena Rastogi, a concussion specialist at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, said.

Rastogi said it’s important that parents get to know what a head injury can look like.

“Knowing the risks, knowing what the signs and symptoms are of a concussion, and head injury,” she said. “And understanding what the potential outcomes of that could be.”

At the high school level, football has the highest rate of concussion, she said. That was followed by boy’s hockey, girl’s lacrosse and girl’s soccer.

Most importantly for parents, when the child is playing or even during practice, pay attention.

“That they are aware if these symptoms occur, and that they pull themselves out the game and report the symptoms to someone,” she said.

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