High School Football Traumatic Brain Injuries at All-Time HighPosted on May 17, 2012
In the last 20 years, the United States has consistently recorded fewer than ten catastrophic traumatic head injuries in high school football players. However, in 2008 and 2009, ten injuries were reported each year. Finally, in 2011, 13 injuries were recorded, signaling a significant increase and a call for change.
Why is the number of catastrophic head injuries in high school football on the rise? Experts say that the style of play has changed in recent year, putting kids’ heads at risk – especially those that play certain positions. At the same time, over the years, kids have been getting bigger and stronger due to better health and nutrition – and there is more force behind their blows.
According to the Brain Injury Resource Center, an estimated 300,000 traumatic head injuries occur each year as a result of playing sports – mostly concussions. TBI is also the leading cause of sports-related death in the United States.