Experts convene in Dallas for Youth Concussion Panel

Leading youth sports safety experts from around the country are in Dallas this weekend talking about sports related concussions.

The goal of the panel is to educate parents, coaches and athletes about how to reduce the risk of injury.

The National Council On Youth Sports Safety says every year 3.5 million kids under the age of 14 receive medical attention for sports injuries. The CDC says thousands of those injuries are concussions.

"We need to change the culture and improve the science and revise and review the rules of the game," Dr. Eliot Sorel with the George Washington University Medical Center says.

Dr. Eliot Sorel is trying to build awareness about traumatic brain injuries or concussions in young athletes.

He says a recent study suggests that teenage girls playing soccer are two times more likely to get a concussion than boys.

"We need to do the definitive scientific study to find out why. And we need to protect boys and girls and diminish these injuries. Injuries in sports are likely to be inevitable but we can mitigate we can diminish we can make things safer," Dr. Sorel says.

"When I woke up, I just instantly didn't feel myself and there was like a heartbeat in my head," 18 year old Allison Kasacavage explains.

Allison was 11 years old when she got her first concussion playing soccer. By the time she was 13, she'd had six concussions and decided to stop playing the sport she loved.

"It's just a crazy game and you need to take responsibility because you only have one head and at the end of the day it's just a game. And even if you just miss a season it's better than forever," Allison says.

She's now trying share her story with other athletes, parents and even coaches, because soccer can be very rough. Just ask Justin Reno whose daughter suffered a bruised tailbone after colliding with another player.

We asked Justin if he was worried about concussions too.

"It's a concern. It always is. Is it a huge concern? We've been around it enough now it happens I think it's a rare occurrence," Reno says.

Awareness is key experts say. They want parents, athletes and coaches to be aware of the signs and symptoms of a concussion

They don't always involve being knocked out. Other signs can be blurred vision, headaches, confusion, memory problems and even nausea and vomiting.

If you have any of those you should seek medical attention.

Allison says she's now had as many as eight concussions two that were not sports related. She says she sometimes still has headaches because of them.

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