Hard Knocks

Concussions and other head injuries are no laughing matter. New guidelines for parents

When we were kids playing Pop Warner football, we used to take to heart the words emblazoned on our coach's shirt: "No pain, no gain. No guts, no glory." If you didn't feel well, you sucked it in. If you were injured, you taped it up. If you took a hit on the head--got your "bell rung," as we used to say--you just shook it off and got back on the field.

It's surprising how many players and coaches still feel that way about sports-related concussions and other head injuries--surprising because we now know the internal swelling and other damage caused...

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