Web Extra: physician Jeffrey Kim discusses concussions

- July 30th, 2013

Local high school football camps are underway, and with that comes the increase in the number of concussions.

Concussions are a concern of course for parents and players, especially at the start of the high school football season.
Cathedral Prep's head football coach Mike Mischler says concussions happen even though the school and players take precautions.
He says the school's athletic department is trained to watch for signs of concussions and take players out of the game when needed.

And sports medicine doctor Jeffrey Kim with Saint Vincent Hospital says each case is different, but signs to watch for include nausea, trouble concentrating or change in mood after a hard hit.

Recent studies have shown that specific mouth guards used by some NFL players can help with jaw alignment, reducing the risk for concussions.

Dentist Kevin Sambuccino of Lake Erie Dental is fitting hundreds of students locally for this type of mouth guard before the season offically starts.

Saint Vincent Hospital does offer a concussion clinic for anyone interested in finding out more.

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