Starting next season, NASCAR drivers will be required to take baseline concussion tests.
The decision is strongly supported by medical experts, and doctors hope it will send a message to young athletes in every sport; concussions need to be treated seriously.
Marcus Osborne is the Director of Sports Medicine at Catawba Valley Medical Center. He tells WBTV that concussions are a well documented problem in high school sports.
"We're just a couple months into the school year, and already, Catawba Valley Medical Center has treated 30 high school students with concussions," Osborne said.
Those concussions have been reported in sports like football, basketball, soccer and volleyball.
"It's not just collision sports, or sports that really involve the head, a concussion can happen anytime." That's why Osborne said it's important for parents to be able to identify concussion symptoms in their children.