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As more parents and school officials become aware of concussion safety, the more athletic trainers can be seen on sidelines at sporting events.
Suzanne Wilcox of Hubbard will tell you head injuries are nothing to scoff at. She should know. She was sent to two hospitals after a riding accident that resulted in a month of rehabilitation and a continuing battle to overcome mental fears.
At 18, Steven D. Novicky was well on his way to playing college football. Then a freak accident changed the course of his life forever. He hurt his back while bending to pick up a football after practice. That injury set him on a path leading to the creation of a device to prevent head injuries in football players.
Concussions are costly.
Emergency room visit – $1,664
CT scan – $1,462
MRI – $3,665
Hospital stay – $34,030
These numbers, while typical in the Mahoning Valley, may seem far-fetched to some, but consider: Nearly one in every 10 people who end up in an emergency room with a sports-related concussion have injuries serious enough to require hospitalization.