Brain Injuries And High School Football

Posted By Craig McClellan || Oct 30, 2013

Brain injuries among current and former players in the National Football League have led to increased scrutiny into the safety of the sport of football. A recent study shows that the risk of head injuries might be highest among high school football players. A group of experts analyzed academic studies about concussions among college and prep football players. The results demonstrated that the risk of a concussion was nearly twice as high in high school football compared to college. The study also showed that football was the sport with the highest rate of concussions among college sports. The results are likely to draw even more attention to a problem that for years went almost unnoticed by the public.

The experts gathered data concerning the number of athletic exposures, meaning practices and games, that players saw and the number of concussions suffered. College players suffered 6.3 concussions per athletic exposure. High school players suffered 11.2 concussions per exposure. While many victims felt no symptoms from the concussion within two weeks of the injury, somewhere between 10 and 20 percent suffered for far longer. In some cases, symptoms would linger even years after the incident.

The results coincide with a sharp increase in the total number of sports-related concussions diagnosed in emergency rooms over the years. In 2001, 150,000 such injuries were reported among patients less than 19 years of age. By 2009 that figure had risen to 250,000 concussions. Brain injuries are a growing concern among young athletes.

Coaches and parents need to be vigilant about player safety. The impact of a brain injury can be devastating to a person of any age. Proper safety measures need to be employed to protect young people from harm.

Source: ESPN.com, " Preps at greater concussion risk," by Tom Farrey, 30 October 2013

Categories: Brain Injury
Blog Home

Testimonials

  • “I thank you for your kindness and generosity in giving selflessly without reserve. Additionally, please extend my thanks to your staff for their diligent work and encouragement throughout the trial.”

    - A.D.

  • “Your appearance on the nation-wide broadcast of ‘60 Minutes’ was a public service in which all San Diego has reason to take great pride. To integrity—you have added public service and again elevated my opinion of the legal profession.”

    - Juror

  • “Having had the high privilege of presiding over a number of cases involving national counsel, I want you to know you’re one of the very best [...]. You and those with you were outstanding ambassadors for our profession and once again made me most proud to be a part of our legal community.”

  • “We do not quite know how to verbalize or show how grateful we are to have had the distinct honor to have you represent us at truly the most critical time in our lives.”

    - S.C.

  • “I just wanted to thank you for your efforts on [Pam’s] behalf, your skills, and your heart. You are not just a lawyer in what you do, you are a master of your profession. And I hope you are passing your mastery to others who may stand in on behalf of the weak or the helpless. It is an honorable effort and a world of mercy. I saw the extreme and extended dedication you put forth yield the best possible results on [Pam’s] behalf.”

    - Juror

View More

Our Awards & Accolades