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High-impact sports causing concussions

Concussions in varsity athletics are occurring more often. A concussion is a traumatic brain injury that occurs from a jolt, blow or hit to the head, causing the brain to work abnormally. The most common place to find a person with a concussion is on the football field.

Football is a sport known for its big hits and that has taken a toll on the athletes who play the sport. Coaches and athletic officials must be able to recognize the signs of a concussion and be able to immediately take the athlete off the field. Symptoms of a concussion are headaches, dizziness, nausea and sometimes unconsciousness.

There are many ways you can prevent a concussion; the main way is to teach players how to tackle properly.

Coaches from the pee-wee organizations through the varsity level sports must teach their team the right way to make a hit or tackle. Concussions can have a serious effect on the youth of this sport. With the proper education, concussions can be minimized.

New driver recognizes the need for training

I attend Crestwood High School and am a new driver. I, as well as many others, am strongly aware of the recurring accidents involving teen drivers. I believe such accidents can be avoided if all teens were required to attend a driver's education course.

According to the CDC, in 2010, seven teenagers aged 16-19 died every day because they were involved in a car accident. Many of the reasons are because they are inexperienced and unaware of many of the rules of the road.

If teenagers were required to participate in a driver's education course in order to graduate, they would be exposed to information that could potentially save their lives.

Many driving teachers teach both theory and hands-on driving to their students. The instructor will demonstrate the proper technique and safety precautions to the new drivers. Many schools throughout the area, including mine, don't even offer this course as part of the curriculum.

If the course was mandatory for all students, no matter where they go to school, I believe it would greatly decrease the number of accidents involving teenage drivers and ultimately save lives.

Tyler Robinson Mountain Top Katlyn Magnotta Mountain Top

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