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High school football reports the most head injuries from all high school sports combined

ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – In Missouri, 1,332 football head injuries were reported in the 2014-2015 school year. That contributed to nearly half of the total number of concussions from all high schools sports combined.

Dr. Sean Goretzke, Neurologist with SLUCare & SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital talks about the severity of concussions and why it is so important for coaches, parents and athletes to take a concussion seriously and recover before getting back on the field.

MSHSAA requires school districts in Missouri to have an Emergency Action Plan in place to be prepared if an athlete were to suffer a serious injury on the field.  But, each school’s action plan is different based upon the resources available to them.  According to MSHSAA’s 2014 – 2015 Interscholastic Youth Sports Brain Injury Report, 90 percent of reporting school district’s said they have an Emergency Action Plan in place for home games.  37% of football-playing schools said they have an ambulance at the home varsity games.  159 schools reporting not having an athletic trainer on staff.

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