VESTAL (WBNG) — September 20 is National Concussion Awareness Day. Doctors say the injury has become an epidemic.
UHS Orthopedics Center says millions of these traumatic brain injuries happen every year. The goal on Friday was to raise awareness and educate people on concussions.
Doctors tell 12 News it is important to report the injury and receive professional help to recover.
“It’s better to be seen, evaluated and treated appropriately because simply trying to ignore, doesn’t make the problem go away and can actually put you at higher risk for worsening the injury,” said Dr. Stanley Hunter, Head of UHS Concussion Center.
Hunter says educating people can help someone who might have a concussion and teach others how to help an injured person.
He says it is crucial to show support to those suffering and help them feel comfortable enough to share their story.