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The takeaway message here for anyone participating in contact sports is to understand that concussion can be a serious event in and of itself and with multiple concussions over time. So being educated regarding the significance of concussion is important and being able to recognize it and what are the symptoms that are associated with that. Understanding that, and then practicing the one-and-done type of philosophy will protect more athletes than anything else we can do. In identifying a concussion, we use the terms 'when in doubt, sit it out'. But once you are sitting it out, once you've determined that the person has had a concussion, they should not return to game play that day. They should also be evaluated over time to determine when it's safe to return to play.

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People need to know that a concussion can be a serious event, repetitive concussions even more so. Proper recovery is essential to outcome.

Produced by Victoria Tilney McDonough and Brian King, BrainLine.

Jeffrey Barth, PhDJeffrey Barth, PhD, is a professor and co-director, Neurocognitive Assessment Laboratory; section head, Neurocognitive Studies in the Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences, with a joint appointment in the Department of Neurological Surgery, University of Virginia School of Medicine.

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