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DALLAS - First came the knockout, the hit to the head from either an elbow or another person's head - really, he's still unsure - that left 17-year-old Tommy Lamberth lying unconscious on the club soccer tournament field. Then came the trip to the emergency room for 13 stitches above his left eye and two soccer practices the next week. Soon came the anxiety and panic attacks. A few years later ...

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There has been lots of attention on concussions in youth, especially from sports, over the past few years. It's good that we are paying more attention to concussions. As the stories of prior National Football League players show us, concussions can lead to lifelong problems.

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Every year, hundreds of thousands of children get concussions. They get them from falls, from playing sports, from being hit by objects, from bumping into things. What many people don't realize is that it doesn't necessarily take a big impact to get a concussion.

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CHICAGO (AP) — New children's concussion guidelines from the U.S. government recommend against routine X-rays and blood tests for diagnosis and reassure parents that most kids' symptoms clear up within one to three months.

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