Hello readers! With football season in full swing this fall, we’d like to take a moment to inform you on the dangers that coincide with all those hard tackles.

About 67,000 concussions occur per year during the high school football season. The New York Times investigated deeply into figuring out how concussions are a problem for high school football players, and found that most were hiding injuries on the field in order to keep playing.

In high school, 50% of players have suffered a concussion and 35% have had more than one during their football career, according to The NY Times.

Obtaining a concussion can be very easy in this high collision sport and teenage brains are less developed than those of adults causing them to be more easily damaged.

A concussion can have many symptoms and the person suffering one could think that they are not at risk.

If you hit your head and lose consciousness or feel confused after the blow, you most likely have a concussion. Multiple concussions can lead to problems with visual spatial skills, verbal skills, short term memory loss, and a decrease in mental functionality.

This type of injury is not one to just “suck it up”. The NY Times covered Kort Breckenridge’s story in 2007, telling of his second impact syndrome. Brekenridge neglected his vomiting after hits and had to be in a clinically induced coma for three weeks while his brain healed from severe swelling. Now, Breckenridge’s life is permanently altered as he walks with a limp, has low stamina, and has lost his short term memory.

The industry doesn’t make it much easier for players to protect their heads. The helmets are required to meet NOSCAE standards, only saving the skull from fracturing during high impact hits. The helmets do not prevent nor protect from concussions.

More than 90% of new high school football players are wearing a helmet that has been used, according to The NY Times. While the helmets are supposed to go through “reconditioning”, where all the inside padding will be replaced, sometimes the helmets come back with pads missing or parts in the wrong place.

Clearly there is an oversight in the helmet industry.

The NFL knows that they have a problem when it comes to concussions. One of their main concerns is on kickoff returns. In seasons before 2016, when someone would take a touchback they would start with field position on the 20-yard line. To incentivize players to take more touchbacks and not run the ball out, they now get the ball on the 25-yard line starting in 2016. This backfired and now kickers are kicking the ball short of the end zone to make the receiver return the kick.

In the NFL, concussions increased by 58% during the 2014 and 2015 football season. In last year’s season players suffered a total of 271 concussions, according to Daily News Sport.

While football is a great American love, we hope this article is informative about how serious the injuries resulting from this sport can be. Keep those heads protected and rejoice in Sunday football!

Thanks for reading, until next time!


Published by Scott & Casi