Preventing Football Injuries

September 17, 2013 Updated Sep 17, 2013 at 6:29 PM EDT

By Hilary Lane

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September 17, 2013 Updated Sep 17, 2013 at 6:29 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW)- According to neurological specialist Dr. Lazlo Mechtler, the helmet to helmet hit sustained by the 16-year-old most likely led to brain hemoraging.

"The brain could rupture or the vessels and veins around it could stretch and bleed into a skull that doesn't move, so something has got to give," said Dr. Mechtler.

Doctors say athletes who play with multiple concussions can create even more serious problems.

"16 percent of individuals who have had concussion go back to play the game on the same day," said Dr. Mechtler.

Multiple concussions in a short period of time brings out the possibility of catastrophic brain injury.

Dr. Mechtler says parents and coaches must teach young athletes about the symptoms of a concussion.

Some warning signs to look for include headache, pressure in the head and feeling confused or drowsy