By mid-afternoon on August 1, 2017, the temperature in Stockton, Calif. was at least 105 degrees. Thirteen-year-old Jayden Galbert complained to his mother, Shynelle Jones, about the heat, but didn’t want to skip preseason football practice and hurt his chances of making the freshman football team. Instead, he showed up, pushed himself to participate, and then collapsed on the field.
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Fourteen-year-old Peach Salsbury of Alameda, California, plays on three basketball teams, with up to six games a week plus practices. “Basketball has become the center of her universe for everything,” her mom Sylvia says . . .
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Brittni Souder, a board member of PINK Concussions, got her first diagnosed concussion when she passed out from an asthma attack at the finish line at a high school track meet and hit her head. She suffered several more concussions playing soccer in college . . .
Athletes aren’t the only ones who get concussions. Taking a hit to the head can happen off the playing field, too, as a result of car crashes, falls, or other scenarios. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), falls were the leading cause of all TBI-related emergency room (ER) visits in 2013 for kids under 14 and for adults 25 or older.
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