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New guidelines for head injuries encourage more time on sidelines

Football head injury

New guidelines encourage athletes to watch the game from the sidelines if they take a blow to the head.

The American Academy of Neurology now states any athlete suspected of suffering a concussion must be immediately removed from play and not allowed to return until they are evaluated by a medical professional.

In most cases, and especially for teenage athletes, it’s suggested they need a week to 10 days out of the game to recover from a concussion.