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High School Football Players Fail to Recognize the Seriousness of Concussions

A fascinating story appeared in yesterday's New York Times. High School Players Shrug Off Concussions, Raising Risks

The lengthy story explored the troubling prevailing attitude and culture that permeates high school football.  Namely, high school players minimize their injuries, especially their concussions; they do not have any clear idea what the symptoms of a concussion are or the dangers of continuing to play while symptomatic following a concussion.

These players are not alone in failing to appreciate the serious and life long consequences of a concussion.  Not only must they be educated, their parents, trainers and coaches need to understand the issues surrounding concussions and the dangers of minimizing any type of brain injury. 

The article quotes players as saying some really dangerous things like, "It's not dangerous to play with a concussion. You've got to sacrifice for the sake of the team.  The only way I come out is on a stretcher" and "our coaches would take us out in a second. So why, would we tell them?" 

As Robert Sallis, president of the American College of Sport's Medicine said, "Poor management of high school player's concussions "isn't just a football issue.  It's a matter of public health"

Some states are beginning to require specific training for players and coaches regarding the dangers of concussions.  Sounds like a great idea that should be explored by all school districts and states.

You can read the full article by clicking here.



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