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Study: Younger athletes take longer to recover after concussion

A new study shows high school athletes take longer to recover from concussions than their college and professional athlete counterparts.

"In a nutshell, it has to do with the developing brain," said Javier Cardenas, the director of the Barrow Concussion and Brain Injury Center.

"On average, it takes between 10-214 days for an adolescent to recover from a concussion. College and professional athletes may take much shorter (amounts of time. Sometimes recovery for them takes) seven days or less," he explained.

Cardenas says most student-athletes see concussion injures from football.

"We know the highest risk comes from football. We know the second highest risk comes from girls' soccer, and below that is boys' soccer," he said.

Aaron Ledford, a current junior at Mountain Point High School experienced the injury first hand last year.

"I went up for a pass and I got my helmet knocked off," he recalled.

Though he says he can't remember much of the surrounding moments, Ledford said it took weeks to recover.

"The next couple of days I was drowsy and tired. I couldn't think straight. I didn't know what I was doing most of the time," he said.

Ledford said the injury caused him to quit the team and start playing basketball. Dr. Cardenas says that is a smart move. He suggests students continue playing sports while using the precautions to stay safe.

"We always encourage families to allow the kids to participate in athletics. It's about playing smart and playing safe," he said.

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