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Young athletes and concussions

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Football season is well underway, and so are the injuries that come with it. Children are the ones being hurt the most.

If you think you're ready for some football, you haven't met the Bayside Raiders. Come fall, these players, ages 5 to 16, are ready to put a bruising on the opposing team.

But, several weeks ago, during a scrimmage it was George Niztasos who put his head down a little too low. The 13-year-old found himself on the receiving end of a bruising. Niztasos was banged up pretty bad. But you couldn't really see the injury because it was to his brain. Doctors told him and his dad, a coach for the raiders, that George suffered a concussion.

It turns out there are a lot of Georges out there. According to a new study by the Cincinnati Children's Hospital, traumatic brain injuries among children rose a headache-inducing 92 percent between 2002 and 2011. Hospital admissions increased 85 percent while the severity of the injuries decreased.

Doctors at the Winthrop University Hospital pediatric emergency room say they have a hunch why the numbers shot up so much and say why three is not the charm when it comes to concussions: people are more aware and therefore seek medical evaluation. If you have three concussions, you need to take a break.

It is not just football. Athletes ending up in ER with head trauma from activities like rollerblading, skateboard, skiing and sledding.

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