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Protecting Athletes From Concussions

Concussions are being taken more seriously in the world of sports. Now schools and hospitals are doing their part to help spread the word about concussion prevention.

"Concussions are on the forefront of everything with all the lawsuits going on with NFL players so there are a lot of studies being done on concussions."

Almost any athlete knows the danger of a concussion, and a good portion of them have had concussions themselves.

"Concussions are very serious because we’re dealing with the brain," Dr. James said. "It could be a life threatening injury."

Now more is being done to prevent the dangerous injury.

"A lot of states are taking action and passing legislation about concussions," Dr. James said. "Tennessee is doing that. That will go into effect January 1."

Sports Plus is teaming up with Ayers Children's Medical Center and Vanderbilt to give a seminar to educate others about concussions and help answer questions like what to do with players who experience a concussion.

"If somebody shows any signs of having a concussion, they should be removed from practice or play and be evaluated by a health care provider," Dr. James said.

Signs of a concussion include confusion, being unable to recall events that happened before or after the injury, and losing consciousness. The person could also have a headache, be dizzy and have balance problems, or even vomit.

If you would like to attend the seminar, it will be happening November 5 from 6:30-8 p.m. at the J Walter Barnes Conference Center at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital.