The Importance of “Tackling” High School Football Concussions

Why High School Football Players Face a More Serious Concussion Risk

“It’s Friday Night Lights OUT!” Coach Taylor, one of your players just got Smashed on the ten yard line and he may have a concussion! Well, don’t just stand there whining about the State Championship. This injury could lead to neurodegenerative diseases. So, quit pressuring this kid to push pass the pain and get him to a medic! This is probably why Tami Taylor gets on your case about the students and your unnecessary roughness!

We, at Achieve Financial Group, are going to meet you after the game, so we can school you on the reasons why high school football players are at a higher risk for concussions. In fact, if you’ll be a wide receiver of this news, we’ll keep you from making any more fumbles with your athletes. A study that was conducted by the Institute of Medicine and funded by the NFL found:

  1. High school football players are nearly twice as likely to sustain a concussion as are college players.
  2. High school football players suffered 11.2 concussions for every 10,000 games and practices compared to college players that stand at a rate of 6.3.
  3. In most cases, concussions symptoms disappear within two weeks.
  4. It remains unclear if repetitive head impacts and multiple concussions sustained in youth lead to long-term neurodegenerative diseases, such as Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) and Alzheimer’s disease.
  5. CTE has been found in the brains of dozens of deceased football players.
  6. There is still a culture among athletes that resists the self-reporting of concussions to avoid letting down their teammates, coaches, schools and parents.
  7. Although helmets can reduce the risk of injuries such as skull fractures, according to the study helmets that passed industry safety tests could still leave a player with a 95 percent likelihood of receiving a concussion.

Alright Eric Taylor, the pep talk’s over. Thanks for getting off the sidelines and investing in the safety of your high school football players. Your kick off plan to protect them from concussions has encouraged your athletes to report their injuries, which will help them to avoid long term brain injury. Now, that scores you three cheers and definitely a touchdown!  #AchieveMore