Not Just a Bump on the Head: Football and Concussion

Not Just a Bump on the Head: Football and Concussion


As increased attention is being paid to young
athletes and concussions, a new study finds that coaches may also need to pay attention
to concussion risks during football “practice”. I’m Rachelle Grossman with your latest health
news. The Datalys Center for Sports Injury Research and Prevention analyzed 3-thousand
youth, high school and college football players. They found that concussions are most likely
to occur during actual football games, but practices also account for a large percentage
of concussion injuries, with college players sustaining the most head injuries, followed
by high school players. A concussion is a serious injury. Even what seems like a minor
bump or jolt to the head can cause a brain injury. Body blows can also cause concussions
and the damage is caused by the brain’s movement within the skull. Researchers suggest
that coaches implement injury prevention strategies during practice.

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