Football Injuries Lead to Steady Stream of High School Forfeitures

Football Injuries Lead to Steady Stream of High School Forfeitures

Source: The New York Times

All across the American landscape this fall, high school football games and seasons have been canceled over concerns over the dwindling number of healthy players. Rosters, already thinned by declining interest in football at some schools, have been further reduced by injuries to the point that coaches and administrators have opted to pull the team off the field entirely. Dr. Frederick Rivara, professor of pediatrics at the University of Washington and Seattle Children’s, and vice chairman of an Institute of Medicine committee that studied concussions in children, noted that all states now have concussion protocols for youth sports. The increased public awareness of concussion risk is likely taking a toll on participation numbers in football. “I think that’s true,” he said. “More people are aware of the risks. And coaches are doing a better job of understanding what concussions are, recognizing them when they occur, and teaching the sport in ways to lower the risk of getting injured.”

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