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15-year-old Trey Fearn struggled for months after suffering two concussions playing football and basketball.

"I'd get nauseous. I'd get headaches, I'd think and I'd try to sit down and focus but I just couldn't do it."

A new report from the Institute of Medicine says there's a lot we don't know about the impact concussions have on children.

The group is recommending a national system to better track the problem.

"There is a culture of resistance when it comes to reporting concussions. Because you can't see a concussion, people hide their symptoms because they don't want to let their teammates or their parents or their coaches down. Sometimes it's because athletes don't recognize symptoms as a concussion," says Dr. Neha Raukar of Brown University.

Football, ice hockey, lacrosse, wrestling, and soccer are associated with the highest rate of concussions in boys. For girls, it's soccer, lacrosse, and basketball.

The panel finds little evidence helmets prevent concussions.

"A helmet can block some of the force but can't stop your head from moving," says Dr. Christopher Giza of UCLA.

Trey's doctors told him to give up football and give his brain time to heal.

"Not going out too much, not watching TV, just letting my mind relax."

Now he's focused on playing baseball.

Doctors recommend children still wear helmets because they protect against other injuries including skull fractures.

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