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Concussion and Lyme Disease Announcements
Posted on: 9/1/2013

Help Student-Athletes, Parents, Keep a "Heads Up" on Concussion Symptoms  

As thousands of student-athletes across Illinois gear up for another year of competition, it's a good time to remind them and their parents of the signs and symptoms of concussions, the most common sports-related brain injury in all age groups and athletic levels.

It's the law, after all.

Passed in 2011, the ISMS-backed law requires that student athletes be pulled from games and practice when they show evidence of a possible concussion. The player then cannot return to the field until cleared by a physician or an athletic trainer working in conjunction with a physician.

Football receives the most attention for head injuries, especially in the wake of last month's landmark National Football League settlement, but the fact is concussions can happen in any sport, including basketball, volleyball and cheerleading. So be familiar with the Illinois High School Association's concussion guidelines for athletes of all types.

Athletics are an important component of health and wellness - let's keep our kids healthy and on the playing field.

Lyme Disease Numbers Heat Up as Summer Cools Down

Illinois is reporting a two-year high in cases of the Lyme disease so far in 2013, so warn patients to not pack away that bug spray just yet. Remind patients to take precautions against tick bites with these tips, courtesy of the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Urge patients to also consult a physician immediately if they experience a rash or any unexplained illness following a tick bite. The sooner a possible bite is treated, the better.

For more in-depth info, check out the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's 2013 Guide to Tickborne Diseases of the United States.

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