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Study suggests thousands of teens, children receive no concussion treatment

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A new study says thousands of teens and children who suffer concussions receive no treatment for the condition.

The study from the Seattle Children's Hospital said as many as 2 million concussions happen each year among those groups of young people.

On the first day of summer camp at Indian Rock Preserve in Bristol, it was the beginning of a new adventure for hundreds of children.

"The first thing the counselors will do is they'll do some team building with their campers and they'll talk about safety," said Scott Heth, executive director, Environmental Learning Centers of Connecticut. "They'll talk about what activities are good to do, what activities are not good to do in terms of safety."

Heth said his camp takes a proactive approach to teaching the campers and parents about concussions. The camp's on-site medical professional documents any incidents involving head injuries.

"From a simple contact with the parents to maybe something more extensive like calling 911 and getting some trained professionals here, [they know what to do]," Heth said.

"Even if, if it's a little headache, you know we're aware if they've been drinking water, what they've been doing, if there was a risk at all," said Katie Tracy, counselor, Indian Rock Summer Camp.

The study suggested that about a fourth of concussions go untreated because they aren't reported.

Some parents told Eyewitness News that while the data is not surprising, it's scary.

"It's not on the top of my mind every time unless again they hit their heads or something," said Kimberly Crutchfield of Wolcott. "Then, obviously, it's the first thing we think about."

Counselors at Indian Rock said prevention is the key, along with quick communication between staff and parents.

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