Updated: 06/06/2014 5:37 PM
Created: 06/06/2014 3:43 PM WNYT.com
By: WNYT Staff
Raising awareness about the dangers of concussions.
The White House says nearly 250,000 kids visit hospital emergency rooms each year with brain injuries caused by sports or other recreational activity.
A lot of those kids end up back on the field before they've fully recovered.
It's a problem among professional athletes, too.
Many don't want to admit they've suffered a brain injury because they don't understand what it really means.
Others fear it could hurt their career.
But, as experts Friday in Albany said, it's a choice that carries serious consequences.
“Once somebody sustains one concussion, they become more likely to sustain another and another. The risk increases exponentially. And it takes a toll. You don't bounce back and can have long term permanent damage and death. So this is not something simple to just brush off,” says Judith Avner, from the Brain Injury Association.
Friday's concussion summit was sponsored by the brain injury association of New York State.