Concussions More Common for Younger Athletes

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“Concussions can happen at all levels` in all sports. It is important to realize the difference in the age of the athletes however,” stated Sonora High School’s head football coach Paul Chiotti, “[Players in] The NFL are grown adults while we are still dealing with teenagers who are still developing.”

Studies have shown younger players are prone to getting concussions far worse than full grown adult athletes. This is a problem that needs to be fixed at the same place it starts, in high school sports.

A study by the NCAA injury surveillance system reports that high school football players are almost twice as likely to get concussions as collegiate athletes according to cnn.com.

The problem in high school is that a lot of times high school players like to “keep quiet” about their head injuries because they don’t want to not get played and they don’t want to look like they are being wimps. The CIF Southern Section is trying to prevent this. They are telling players that “Keeping quiet can keep you out of the game.”

The reality is that playing with a concussion can increase your chance of serious brain injuries. This can happen when a person is introduced to a new concussion before fully recovering from the first one.

CIF rules state that a player with symptoms of concussion must be taken out for the remainder of the game and can not proceed with playing until a licensed health care provider says that he/she may return to playing. They are also asking players to tell coaches if they think their teammate has a concussion.

Signs of a concussion can be amnesia, confusion, headache, loss of consciousness, dizziness, blurry vision, sensitivity to light and sound, and slowed reactions. If these symptoms occur tell the coach right away, and see a medical care provider a soon as possible.

To learn more about the dangers of concussions visit cifss.org.