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Report: High school football players at greater concussion risk than college players
The average high school football player is nearly twice as likely to suffer a brain injury versus a college player, ESPN reported Wednesday.
ESPN cited a 306-page, NFL-funded study by the National Academy of Sciences.
From the ESPN report:
"…college football players suffer concussions at a rate of 6.3 concussions per 1,000 'athletic exposures' - each exposure representing a practice or game. For high school football players, the comparable figure is 11.2."
"The findings are likely to heighten safety questions about football at the high school level, where athletes of varying levels of physical maturity - some boys, some men - collide with each other. High school athletes also lack the standard of care that is afforded to college and pro players, who have teams of neurologists and other medical experts managing their injuries. Many high schools cannot afford athletic trainers or proper equipment."
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