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Old 02-10-19, 11:09 PM
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Injury Risk Lowest in History of High School Football

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The NFHS has been writing and publishing its own rules in football since 1932, and the organization has had an unwavering focus on risk minimization. However, by the late 1960s and early 1970s, the number of deaths in high school football had accelerated, with a high of 35 in 1970. In 1975, spearing was outlawed and several other equipment and safety-related changes were put in place and the number of fatalities dropped significantly.

In 2016 and 2017, there were only two direct deaths each year compared to an average of 20 annually in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Moreover, as opposed to 50 years ago, today playing rules are in place at the high school level to manage a student who exhibits signs and symptoms of a concussion. Thanks to these guidelines and state laws in place, the incidence of high school players incurring a repeat concussion has been greatly reduced. In addition, practice restrictions and contact limits have been adopted by all member state associations.
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Old 02-11-19, 10:26 AM
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I think the key phrase within the report, is "repeat concussions". Most families electing not to have their kids participate in football, specifically middle/high school ball, simply realize the higher percentage chance of their kid getting that initial concussion is due to the nature of the sport, and not worth the risk of playing to begin with. The sport is losing the younger kids at larger numbers, which eventually translates into lower numbers in middle/high school. There have been many advancements regarding improving football safety, from better equipment, practicing routines, coaching, and rule implementation. But the numbers don't lie, fewer and fewer kids are electing not to play football, while the likes of soccer, basketball, etc, continue to rise. The genie was let out of the bottle when the seriousness of long term effects of concussions was documented. The medical advances to reduce these injuries is apparent, but the optics still are difficult to overcome for any parent of a young kid wanting to play football.
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Old 02-11-19, 11:28 AM
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I think the key phrase within the report, is "repeat concussions". Most families electing not to have their kids participate in football, specifically middle/high school ball, simply realize the higher percentage chance of their kid getting that initial concussion is due to the nature of the sport, and not worth the risk of playing to begin with. The sport is losing the younger kids at larger numbers, which eventually translates into lower numbers in middle/high school. There have been many advancements regarding improving football safety, from better equipment, practicing routines, coaching, and rule implementation. But the numbers don't lie, fewer and fewer kids are electing not to play football, while the likes of soccer, basketball, etc, continue to rise. The genie was let out of the bottle when the seriousness of long term effects of concussions was documented. The medical advances to reduce these injuries is apparent, but the optics still are difficult to overcome for any parent of a young kid wanting to play football.
As more and more research comes out surround the q-collar you will see parents start to feel the game is safer (thanks technology). Only a matter of time before this is rolled out to everyone and we start to see its impact on safety in all sports.
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Old 02-11-19, 11:46 AM
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If we want kids to continue to play football, articles like this help. My kid plays and I also coach and football is 10x safer than it was even 5 years ago. Rule changes, practice changes and better coaching have made the game safer. We had 0 missed games/practices this year due to injury. If we want the numbers to go back up, stop offering fall baseball, fall basketball and fall lacrosse. Parents on the fence about football, are fine with kids playing a non fall sport in the fall. kids should be playing multiple sports, not basketball or baseball 10 months out of the year.
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