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Health & wellness

New concussion rules for athletes highlight importance of proper diagnosis

With increased awareness about the risks of concussions, athletic coaches and trainers know that they shouldn’t allow any player who sustains one to remain on the field -- but sometimes it’s tough for them to tell. For this reason, the American Academy of Neurology issued new guidelines this week outlining a basic strategy to assess players with head injuries on the field.

It can be summed up in six words: If in doubt, sit it out.

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