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Concussion Concerns Influence Whether Parents Allow Children to Play Sports

A new survey from the American Osteopathic Association finds sharp division among parents whether they allow or plan to allow their children to play sports given the risk of concussion. More than a third of parents said it depends on the sport while 16 percent ruled out sports for their kids given the risk of concussion, according to the survey.

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​DOs are licensed physicians who can prescribe medication and practice in all specialty areas, including surgery, in the United States. They complete approximately four years of medical school followed by graduate medical education through internship and residency programs typically lasting three to eight years. In addition, DOs receive extra training in the musculoskeletal system, providing them with an in-depth knowledge of the ways that illness or injury in one part of the body can affect another. As one of the fastest-growing segments of health care professionals in the nation, the number of DOs has grown more than 200% during the past 25 years.