HOUSTON -- About 92,000 high school athletes suffer from concussions each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control, and now there s a way to determine whether they are well enough to get back in the game.

George Ranch High s #23, Grant Page took a hit during a game back in October.

The day of the concussion, I don't really remember it at all, said Page.

His parents were in the stands and remember it well.

I believe it happened in a tackle, said Joe Page, Grant s Dad. The back of his head hit the turf.

He was taking his helmet off, bending over and shaking and wobbling, said Debbie Page, Grant s mother. Something clearly wasn't right.

He said, Dad, I can't see anything, said Joe Page.

Grant's eyesight is fine now but it turns out he had the classic symptoms of a concussion: headaches, nausea, sensitivity to light, dizziness and trouble concentrating.

School was a problem too for Grant too.

It was so loud and the light and everything was bugging my head, said Grant.

Experts say getting back in the game too soon can be dangerous.

If the brain hasn't fully healed, sometimes if an athlete takes a second hit, it can cause permanent neurologic damage, or even death, said Dr. William Jones, a sports medicine specialist for UT Health/Memorial Hermann.

That's part of the reasoning behind a new law in Texas. Now any athlete suspected of suffering a concussion must immediately come out of a game or practice, and they can't return until a doctor gives the OK.

Because these injuries can evade an MRI, there's also a push to have student athletes tested even before they're hurt with something called the Impact Test.

It's used in the NFL, Major League Baseball and even Cirque Du Soliel, said Jones, Grant Page's doctor.

The test challenges your memory, displaying long lists of words and odd shapes.

It's not easy, and that's doing the test without a brain injury.

It gives doctors a baseline of where the brain is at in terms of memory and reaction time. So, if an athlete does get a concussion doctors will know where you have to get back to in order to get back in the game.

Grant didn't have that baseline test; still it gave his doctor a picture of where he was at.

It was so bad, they thought I didn't care and bombed it on purpose, or the computer glitched, said Grant.

What it showed was how badly his brain was hurt.

So once the sensitivity to light and the headaches went away, it was easy to assume everything was fine, but the impact test showed us that it wasn't, said Debbie Page.

As for Grant, he's back in the game. It s just not football.

With varsity baseball coming up, I'm shooting for what's more important, said Grant.

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