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Shelby's Story: High Rates of Head Injury Lead to National Rule Change in High School Cheerleading

Photo: Shelby with cheerleading megaphoneDuring a practice her junior year, Shelby, a competitive high school cheerleader, sustained a concussion when the side of her head collided with her teammate’s while performing a “double down.”

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Traumatic Brain Injury in Sports: A Father’s Story

Zack LystedtZack Lystedt’s parents learned about the seriousness of TBI after their son had already sustained one. “I never knew how serious it could be. I want the message to get out there. [Parents] need to know what to look for and that it can be a life-changing event.” — Victor Lystedt, Zack’s father.

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Coach Saves a Wrestler’s Life by Knowing Concussion Signs and Symptoms (Cole’s Story)

WrestlerOne of the biggest problems in keeping pre-teen or teenage athletes off of the field—or in this case the mat—after they’ve been injured is that they’re at an age where they often feel “invincible.”

Read a CDC 24/7 article on Cole's Story: CDC Heads Up! Concussion Training Saved My Life! Learn how CDC’s online coaches' training helped a coach to recognize and respond to concussion in a young athlete.

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Concussions Can Affect Kids and Teens in the Classroom (Sarah’s Story)

Photo: SarahAs an A-student and star soccer player, Sarah is accustomed to hard work. However, after she sustained a concussion during a varsity soccer game, her freshman year in high school she found herself taking on a new challenge.

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The Lystedt Law: A Concussion Survivor's Journey (Zack's Story)

Zack LystedtAlthough most people with a concussion fully recover, for some the effects of this injury can last weeks, months or longer. Concussions, a type of traumatic brain injury, are all serious. That is why the choices we make immediately following a concussion can decide life or death or whether an injured athlete will see a full recovery and return to play. The state of Washington stepped in to help make this choice clearer for coaches, parents and athletes.

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Keeping Quiet Can Keep You Out of the Game (Tracy's Story)

Tracy's storyAs a high school basketball player, Tracy sustained two concussions within a short period of time. Tracy tells her story and emphasizes that concussions are a serious injury.

Athletes should know that if they think they've had a concussion, don't hide it, report it. Take time to recover. It's better to miss one game than the whole season.

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