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Sep 9, 2016 4:07 PM

NH beauty queen and eye doctor push for baseline concussion testing in all kids

A New Hampshire eye doctor and beauty queen are pairing up for a timely message this fall - keep the concussion conversation going.

"You might look fine in the classroom, but you can't process information, you can't concentrate," Dr. Scott Krauchunas said. "The teachers don't understand that there is actually something going on because you look fine."

Dr. Krauchunas has his own optometry practice in Belmont and specializes in identifying sports concussions but he says because diagnosing concussions is still not a perfect science, he hopes more and more kids will get baseline evaluations.

The hard part, Krauchunas says, is while testing is becoming the norm among athletes, so many kids don't get baseline tested because they aren't playing contact sports. But concussions can happen anytime. Just ask Brooke Mills.

Mills is a freshman at NHTI and is also Miss Weirs Beach. She advocated to make Sept. 16 concussion awareness day in the Granite State, a cause that hits close to home.

"My freshmen year of high school I suffered a concussion. I was going to pick up a ball, and I got kicked in the head and I suffered a concussion," she said. "I was out of school for weeks and still now I'm suffering from post-concussion syndrome, which means that I still have symptoms of my concussion."

Krauchunas says we are moving in the right directions when it comes to concussions but we still have a long way to go.

Click here to read more about Brooke's story and for more information about concussions.

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