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Reducing concussions starts with practice

Playing sports is the fifth-most-common cause for concussions in the general population. However, for young people ages 15-24, sports are the second-highest cause for concussions, only trailing auto accidents.

Over the last 11 years, the number of concussions in high school sports has increased by an average of 15.5 percent each year, according to theMedStar Health Research Institute study published in 2011. In a study done by the Centers for Disease Control in 2011, concussions accounted for nearly 15 percent of all sports-related injuries in high schools.

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