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New research helping doctors better detect concussion damage

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Your kids may have gotten a concussion on the football field or basketball court and bounced back without a problem. But in a new study, researchers were able to see the damage those injuries left behind for former NFL players, and that may help unlock the key to preventing further damage.

After four years playing football at Quincy Notre Dame, Senior Connor Obert knows a thing or two about concussions.

"I've had a couple before this, but never as bad as this year, I think the worst for me was headaches, and lack of energy was a big thing," said Obert.

Quincy Medical Group Director of Sports Medicine Aaron Clark says the problem with concussions is that they're different for everyone.

"We've learned enough to know that we don't know enough," said Clark

But, new research from UCLA found that brain scans of athletes with concussions often had groups of proteins. Clark says that information could have an impact on how doctors treat concussions in the future.

"It truly is an exciting discovery that may potentially lead to further studies and further research down the road. As far as our day to day things that we're doing now. That remains to be seen," he said.

He added that QMG uses a computer program to track the impact of concussions and give players the green light to play.

Obert's football coach, and QND Athletic Director, Bill Connell, says his staff always waits for that "green light" from doctors.

"As a football coach, no head coach or any assistants have any input when a kid is going to return to action," he said. 

In any sport where collisions and fall can happen, concussions will always be a risk of the game. Now, doctors hope new research will help advance their game when it comes to treatment.

They say you should see a doctor right away if you or your young athletes experience any symptoms.

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