The annual high school homecoming football game is a tradition for many
towns, schools and families—but with football’s increasing
popularity comes increased risk, as well. Among the possible
injuries sustained by athletes in homecoming games, concussion is one of the most common and the most dangerous, leading
the CDC to declare it a
serious public health problem.
Concussion Statistics You Need to Know
The number of reported concussions doubled between 2002-2012, with the
number of teens suffering concussions increasing by 200 percent. (Source:
High school athletes sustain approximately 300,000 concussions each year. (Source:
Forty-seven percent of high-school athletic concussions occur during football. (Source:
About half of all concussions go unreported. (Source:
Tips for Prevention and Reducing Risk of Concussion
Obviously, the best defense against football concussions is not to play—and
even the development of advanced helmets can’t drop the risk by
much. However, let’s look at some practical ways high school athletes
can help reduce the risk of concussion and the risk of sustained injury
if a concussion happens.
Practice safe posture and contact. Athletes can learn the correct way to hit and tackle.
Wear safety gear at all times.
Avoid aggressive behavior on the field. Homecoming games are technically no more dangerous than other football
games, but athletes may feel pressured to perform above the norm. Resist
the temptation to make aggressive contact to reduce the risk of mishaps.
Stop playing and get medical assistance if you sustain a blow to the head. Ignoring a possible concussion can increase the risk of brain trauma and
Every concussion is potentially serious. If you suspect your teen has suffered
even a mild concussion, make sure he gets proper medical attention. If
your teen suffers injury due to the aggressive behavior of another, call our
Washington D.C. personal injury attorneys to see how we can help.