Transcript for What All Parents Should Know About Concussions
This week a federal judge granted preliminary approval for a deal that would compensate thousands of former NFL players for concussion-related injuries but what about kids who play rough sports? ABC news' senior medical contributor Dr. General Ashton went to the school thatches mom how to protect their young athletes. ? Reporter: It is the most popular pro sport in America, and also one of the roughest. And on this night in foxborough, Massachusetts, moms are here to learn how to keep their kids safe on the field. So it's air, then padding then shell. It's all connected. Thank you, guys, for being here. Reporter: Called heads up run by usa football who partnered with the NFL showing the moms the ins and outs of safe tackling. There you go. The mothers here are really controlling the decisions. Reporter: The clinic is hosted by Robert Kraft and his new England patriots. Have you ever gotten a call from one of the moms about one of your players. From a wife but never a mom. Reporter: Is that right? Yeah. Reporter: Why was it so important to target the moms when you talk about the heads-up program? They're the ones making our decision. What are our kids going to play. Reporter: That's the truth. My son, he runs track. But my daughter, yep, that's her playing her sport of choice, ice hockey and she's played with the boys. How does that make this mom feel? Well, consider these statistics. For athletes age 1 to 17 years old, 31% of concussions suffered come while playing ice hockey. Wrestling is next at 14% and football is tied with soccer in third place at 13%. Step to the right. Reporter: But tonight the focus is football. We learn from the pros. Here we go. Techniques designed to show everything from how to stand. Get out of there. Reporter: Dive. Even hit. Oh, nice job. All right. Reporter: All with the focus on safety. With the NFL's high-profile legal battles regarding concussions this issue is front and center. Moms learning how to be thatle, what went into that? Well, we just want to expose them to what we're doing with their children. The things to look for from a safety standpoint, medical standpoint and make sure they feel comfortable asking coaches questions about their children and how they're playing the sport. Reporter: Do you know a lot about football? I do not. Reporter: So you never knew how to tackle? No. So are you going to go home and tell him -- I'm going to go home and practice with him. Well, Dr. Jen Ashton joins us now. Really a clever idea. What do you think the mothers took away from that? What do you take away from that. Whatever sport your child is involved in, it behooves the moms and dads to learn as much mechanics about it as possible. Soccer, how to head the body, baseball, how to slide. The more involved you are, the more knowledgeable you are. The better informed you can be to help your child make the right decision. We've had a lot of discussions, especially lately, Jen, about concussions and when you are young, a young athlete, how it stays with you. Absolutely and we're learning more and more every day and know the teenage brain takes longer to recover from a concussion than the adult brain. Girls are more at risk sport for sport than boys and girls take longer to recover from concussions than boys so we need to keep that knowledge front and center, not just as doctors but as parents. Yeah, you know I adore your daughter Chloe, she is a heck of an athlete. She's at a camp right now. How do you approach it and tell her and talk to her so she can be as safe as possible. In our household we've had these conversations since day one and talked about how important participant in youth sports is but also what the risks are and she understands it's an important part in life but it's part of life and if her health is ever in jeopardy, the sport stops. A good point but, oh, the benefits especially for young women. Benefits are huge. We'll talk more about it. Thank you. We asked you in our "Gma" flash poll, would you let your child play football? Here's what you had to say, 45% of you said yes. 55% said no.
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