Most Football Concussions Happen in Practice
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Thursday, May 14, 2015 12:00 AM

High school and college football players suffer more concussions during practices than during games, according to a new study.  This is simply because there are more practices than games.  When the number of concussions is divided by the number of field appearances, the concussion rate is actually higher during games.

For youth players age five to 14, almost 54% of concussions happened during games, compared to about 42% of high school and college concussions.  The rate was highest in college, with almost four concussions per 1,000 participations in a game, compared to 2.4 for youth players and about two for high-schoolers.

The average athlete needs up to two weeks to stop having symptoms like headaches and memory problems, but kids who have had multiple concussions may need longer to recover, with memory and attention problems sometimes lasting a year.

When coaches and football parents are educated about proper tackling technique, equipment fitting, recognize the signs and symptoms of concussion, heat injury, sudden athlete death, and other injuries, then practices can be safer.