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Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a major public health issue in the United States. A sports-related concussion is a form of TBI that can occur from participation in both contact and non-contact sports and recreational activities. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 1.6 to 3.8 million sports- and recreation-related concussions occur in the United States every year. This article emphasizes the serious impact of TBI on youth, collegiate, and professional athletes, explores whether athletes are really “informed” regarding sports-related concussions, and provides recommendations to better protect athletes and to decrease the number of sports-related concussions.



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