The X's and O's of brain injury and youth football

The X’s and O’s Of Brain Injury And Youth Football

According to the Brain Injury Research Institute, 20 percent of this country’s high school football players suffer brain injuries in any given season.

That number should be unacceptable to all of us.

And it’s not just diagnosed brain injuries we need to worry about. Consider this: Purdue University researchers compared changes in the brains of high school football players who had suffered concussions with the brains of players who were concussion-free. They found brain tissue damage in both. That’s scary stuff. That means brain damage is occurring in high school football players without the players, their coaches or their parents even being aware of it.

There are about 1.3 million high school and 2.8 million youth football players in this country. That’s more than 4 million children and teenagers playing football. Compare that number with the 1,700 or so adults playing football in the NFL. Yet, the nation’s focus, when it comes to concussions, is on the NFL. That needs to be flipped. Read More

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