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October 2000

October 2000


Brain Damage

© October 2000

A minor knock on the head can have big consequences

In the past decade, researchers HAVE concluded head injuries, which seem relatively minor and insignificant, could cause permanent brain damage. Due to the potentially serious consequences, even minor head injuries should be a concern to coaches, trainers, and players.

The reasons are obvious: Football players are prone to head injuries. Surveys have shown that roughly 10 percent of all college football players will sustain mild head injuries in any given season and 40 percent will have at least one in their high school and college careers.

The chances of suffering a head injury are slightly greater in a game situation (56%) than in a practice situation (44%). And, of course, certain types of players are more prone to head injuries than others. Special team players....The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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