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Football helmet of the late Owen Thomas, a former University of Pennsylvania football player, brought to the hearing on H.R 6172, Protecting Student Athletes from Concussions Act by his mother, Rev. Katherine E. Brearley, Ph.D. A CDC study shows concussion rates in athletics have more than doubled in the past decade.
The start of the new school year also means the start of high school football season.
For the players, it means a lifetime of memories — but it could mean a lifetime of health problems for players who suffer from concussions.
It’s become an all-too-common problem in high school football, and high school football coaches know it. That’s why more than 200 showed up for a concussion training session at Helen Bernstein High School in Los Angeles this week.
Last year, the Centers for Disease Control released a study that said concussion rates in athletics have more than doubled in the last decade. The CDC says they’ve reached “an epidemic level.”
Estimates vary greatly, but anywhere from 43,000 to 67,000 high school football players reportedly suffer concussive head injuries. Still, the true number is believed to be much higher, as many athletes don’t report symptoms.