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Hospital partners with NAIA to teach coaches, parents about concussions

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Sports are great for kids because it gets them active and teaches them about teamwork. But it can also be hard on their bodies.

Now there's a new way for parents to keep their young athletes safe and healthy.

Sports Medicine Dr. James Roberson has seen more than his fair share of sports injuries during his time at Children's Mercy Hospital in the Northland. Now the hospital and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics or NAIA are teaming up to teach coaches, trainers and parents the very latest in player development and injury prevention.

"It's really important because there aren't doctors or nurses on the sideline of every game. There's certain things you want to get out of the game right away you don't want to continue playing on it," Roberson said.

Saturday morning's clinic will focus on basketball.

According to a study by Reuters, nearly 400,000 children and teens go to the emergency room for basketball-related injuries every year. The injuries go beyond sprains and tears. The number of concussions and brain injuries are on the rise and Roberson said those type of injuries can happen in any sport.

"A concussion is not unique to football. I've seen it in almost every sport that we see. I don't think I've seen it in tennis or swimming, but every other sport, and it's something we are learning a lot more about every day," he said.

There will be four Coach it Right clinics a year, each one just prior to the next sports season starting.

Children's Mercy and the NAIA have put together a winning team to help athletes do the best they can while being as safe and healthy as possible. Parents are encouraged to get out of the seats and off the sidelines and get involved with keeping their kids off the injury list and in the game.

"It's important for parents because oftentimes with coaches their No. 1 priority is the team and not the athlete, and parents have to be that gatekeeper for the athlete," Roberson said.

The Coach it Right clinic is from 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday. Click here for more information.

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