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Doctor weighs in on proper concussion recovery time

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Dale Earnhardt, Jr. will miss the rest of the 2016 NASCAR season due to lingering symptoms of a concussion.

Concussions are a big worry for football players as well. Doctors say one of out of every 25 football players will get a concussion within a season.

That is a staggering number and it also stresses the importance of treating them correctly. 

There are different levels of concussions from mild to severe. It's possible to get one without a direct hit to the head.

Learning that Dale Jr. still faces several more months of therapy, many wonder why it's taking so long when football players many times return to the field within two weeks.

Dr. Ricardo Colberg with Andrews Sports Medicine says it may be that Earnhardt had a concussion before that didn't fully heal and then sustained a second one. Colberg says he tells athletes and parents it's important to continue to see their doctor even after symptoms are gone.

“The fact he's feeling well at rest doesn't necessarily mean the brain has healed completely and so we start stimulating the brain and trying to see if any of the symptoms recur,” Colberg said.

Interestingly, the younger you are, the higher your risk of getting a concussion and the older you are, the quicker you may recover from one.

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