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      Protecting high school athletes from traumatic brain injury

      COLUMBIA (WACH)- The Centers for Disease Control ranks South Carolina as of the one worst states for traumatic brain injuries associated with high school sports.

      The Brain Injury Association of South Carolina (BIASC) reports football, cheerleading and soccer lead to a number of head injuries. South Carolina passed a law in 2013 requiring students with possible head injuries to be removed from play until a doctor can examine them for possible concussion.

      On Monday, March 17, BIASC is holding a conference educating coaches and athletics directors on how to spot a concussion, so students can stay safe on the field.

      "With this conference, we're trying to provide those school professionals with education about how to identify concussions and how to manage concussions." said the organization's executive director Joyce Davis. "Returning them to the classroom is also important."

      Davis says classroom accommodations are important since concussed children may have effects after the initial injury, including fatigue, headaches, and sluggishness.