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Some alarming new research showing roughly one in five teenagers has suffered from a traumatic brain injury and that's far too many.
The numbers are suggesting that severe concussions may be far more common than previously thought so we're gonna ask doctor Siegel about this.
Even if you don't have a team for any child that's active should you worry.
Well I thought this study coming out of Canada was shocking during the it would it -- yet they sent 8900.
Students from seventh to twelfth grade questionnaire has amassed over the past year.
Have you had a short black ever -- to the hospital from having hit your head.
And one out of five said yes no we're talking even worse than a concussion where you get your bell wrong literally a brain injury which.
Is related to concussion but even worse in the -- the Centers for Disease Control says 15%.
Of people that have concussions.
Have -- symptoms we continue to be -- you have trouble concentrating you're not yourself for several weeks.
What was most concerning about this study though was that these students reported.
That didn't do as well on tests that they drank more alcohol that they use more marijuana.
Doctor somebody pointed out to be before we came on here.
We already know that alcohol and marijuana leads to more false and you get your head injured more easily but now we're thinking that it may also be the other way around.
Once you hit your head you more prone to alcohol marijuana use and -- scores on tests.
That's frightening so what do you do you can't.
-- your child you're grounded no sports.
No Jamie I think this is a field that we're learning more more I think it's it's untapped territory.
We don't understand the real physiology behind -- we always thought about athletes -- soldiers in this combat.
When it comes to this -- trauma but the bottom line is giving kids over about half a million children are being admitted to emergency room.
For this kind of trauma so it's on the reported.
And the message to -- parents is that if you see your children your teenager.
He's not behaving well all of a sudden there -- changes in the grades there's social performances has changed our personalities.
And there are also started to drink alcohol -- this particular study which by the way even though it's observational study.
Made -- to jab -- an important want.
If you see they started to drink more and an independent pot smoking pot or other things that's a red flag what do you do at that point there the question is.
Maybe you talk to a neurologist maybe you have to get an MRI maybe have to investigate this further and I just say it's a behavioral problem.
Come walk away that's a big part of the -- dental and medical underlined exactly right.
Eric server question what are your health parents you know you tell parents once you've hit your head.
It's easier to do it the next time in other words when you get a concussion one time the next time it's even easier to -- -- question from a slider bloated they had you have to almost put people in the group have you ever had this before.
And if they has even more people -- this that's right -- even more.
Our interstate good advice and parents.
Go by the doctor's advice.
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