Working To Decrease Long Term Affects Of Concussions

July 2, 2012 Updated Jul 2, 2012 at 7:46 AM EDT

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July 2, 2012 Updated Jul 2, 2012 at 7:46 AM EDT

Albany, N.Y. (WKBW) – Nearly all athletes at one time have bumped their head and felt dizzy, getting right back into the game. Now, that is going to change under new guidelines in New York State.

The Concussion Management and Awareness Act went into effect on Sunday. Under the new state law, any student suspected of suffering a concussion must immediately be removed from playing and cannot return for a minimum of 24-hours. A medical professional must also see the student before they can return to the field.

We spoke with Doctor Jason Matuszak, who said one concussion could cause headaches and forgetfulness. It becomes even more concerning if a person receives numerous concussions.

“You start to have symptoms for a long period of time and you start to have more symptoms and more of a risk when you have a head injury that you might have a loss of consciousness,” Matuszak said.

The recommendations from doctors outline a five-day process for returning a student to a full contact sport. It begins with light physical activity and progresses to more exertion. A student can only move to the next step if they tolerate the previous stage with no symptoms for 24-hours.