Football is often a hard-hitting sport, so that's why 18-year-old Treyvond Crisp-Peterson didn't think much of it the first time he suffered a concussion in 2010.
"I thought you kind of just get your bell rung, and suck it up. You'll be okay," Crisp-Peterson said.
Just in the past three years, researchers have learned a lot more about the health problems associated with concussions. That's why this Sioux Falls Senior lined up a doctor's appointment after his concussion this year in the Dakota Bowl.
"Our coach realized something was wrong, so our trainer went and talked to me. I was on the sidelines, and he asked me the basic questions," Crisp-Peterson said.
Crisp-Peterson is definitely not alone. Dr. Sam Schimelpfenig has been seeing around four athletes a week with concussions.
Dr. Schimelpfenig says if you do think you suffer a concussion, it's important to see a doctor.
"To make sure it's a concussion and not something else, but also to make sure the family knows what we need to do with that concussion," Schimelpfenig said.
Schimelpfenig says you can also take steps to possibly prevent concussions.
"The helmets definitely make a difference. The helmet needs to fit correctly though. That's probably the biggest one," Schimelpfenig said.
It's also important for players to use proper tackling technique.
"We tackle with our head up and not with our head down," Schimelpfenig said.
Crisp-Peterson had a CT Scan done and an impact test. He had to sit out of football for over a week.
"It was tough being out, and I ended up driving to Rapid City to watch our game when I was out," Crisp-Peterson said.
But with all the new research showing health problems associated with concussions, Crisp-Peterson knows it was the right decision.
"I had memory loss. I couldn't remember my locker combination, and I was struggling in some of my classes for a couple weeks," Crisp-Peterson said.
But now the Senior is feeling better, and even though his football season is over for the year, he's excited for wrestling to begin.