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High School Football Athletes Face Serious Risk of Concussions / Head Injuries

By Will Brown, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

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In high schools throughout the nation, high school athletes are pushed to their physical limits and beyond their limits as well. Both male and female high school athletes often times push through injuries through their own dedication or the push of their coaches to compete. Concussions / head injuries are a serious problems in high school sports / athletics. A study completed at the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio showed that over 40 % of athletes who suffered a head injury / concussion returned to play too soon. The short and long term effects from a concussion are exasperated and prolonged when the student athlete has not been enough time to recover from the damages / injuries caused by the concussion.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that concussions account for approximately 10 % of sport related injuries in young people ranging from the ages of 15 to 24. Statistically, there were over 100,000 concussions in this age range last year.

In high school football, it was reported that 16 % of football players who suffered a concussion returned to play the same day. Medical experts advise against returning to play so soon. Repeated concussions with limited to no recovery time has caused long term serious health problems to NFL football players over the years. Some believe that this has led to early depression and dementia. In some instances, football players and other athletes even die from head injuries that result in brain swelling leading to the shutting down of the brain stem and then respiratory failure. This is referred to second impact syndrome (SIS).

You can read more about the problems with concussions in high school sports including football at Concussions: Serious Health Risks to High School Athletes.