Head Injuries in Contact Sports

Sports players and traumatic brain injuries are topping headlines more and more often.Late last night, Will McKamey, a 19-year-old U.S. Naval Academy football player, passed away in a coma.His story started here in Marion County. In 2012, McKamey played football for Grace Christian Academy in Knoxville. During a game against South Pittsburg, he suffered a severe head injury. He was flown by life force to Erlanger Medical Center for treatment. A week later, doctors cleared him and he returned to the football field.McKamey moved on to play college football for the U.S. Naval Academy in Maryland. The 19-year-old was in practice last Saturday, when he collapsed. He had emergency surgery to relieve the pressure in his brain and was placed in a medically-induced coma. McKamey died three days later.Local physicians say there are important steps parents and sports players can take to try and decrease the possibility of traumatic brain injuries.Give them information on what to look for. Signs of concussion include things like unconsciousness. I was an athlete when I was younger and often we paid no attention to passing out on the field. It was kind of like a right of passage, said Dr. Teresa Baysden, physician at Doctors Express.She went on to say parents need to make sure their children know it is okay to sit out for a while if they receive any kind of injury.Dr. Baysden also says to make sure the programs are Heads Up certified. In this program, coaches are trained in concussion prevention, recognition, and response.More on the Heads Up Program: http://www.cdc.gov/concussion/headsup/The community has rallied to support of Will McKamey and his family. Here’s how you join the social media support on Twitter and on Facebook

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