Canada to help fight concussions in sports

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OTTAWA (AP) -- The Canadian government will spend $1.5 million to help reduce concussions in kid's sports.

Four groups will receive the funding to support efforts to lower the rate and severity of sports-related head injuries.

The groups will work to increase awareness among coaches, players and parents. They hope to develop guidelines for properly fitted helmets, recognizing signs of head injuries and determining when it's safe to return to play after an injury.

The government says more than 40 percent of brain injuries in children and youth ages 10-19 treated in hospital emergency rooms result from sports and recreation activities.

The funding will go to ThinkFirst Canada, Hockey Canada, the Coaching Association of Canada and the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport.