MANCHESTER - A 12-year-old Manchester girl has been sidelined by a concussion suffered during a football game on Sunday.
Alexis DeFilippo, who is 4 feet 10 inches and weighs 115 pounds, is a defensive end for the Manchester Hawks. While trying to make a tackle from behind during Sunday's game, she fell, rolled over on her head, and says she felt her neck "snap".
Dr. Stephen Rice, co-director of Meridian Health's Pediatric Concussion Center, says he has treated 45 teenagers with concussions in the first couple weeks of this month. That's up 50 percent from September.
Rice urges that there is no magic pill to heal a concussion. He says that concussion sufferers, especially pediatric patients, must treat brain injuries with complete rest in order to heal.
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