High School Football Fatalities
Posted on behalf of Harbin & Burnett on Oct 03, 2014 in General Interest
While the NFL and the NCAA have dominated headlines in 2014 for concussions, scandals and unionization efforts, it may be time for high school footballs chance in the limelight.
During the first week of October 2014, three different high school students in three different states died on the football fields while wearing their football uniforms.
Both the NFL and the NCAA have been fending off concussion-related lawsuits alleging the connection between concussions and traumatic brain injuries in football players. In response to the lawsuits, both organizations have instituted new policies to address how football players' head injuries are assessed and when they can be permitted to return to the field.
Tragically, 16-year-old and 17-year-old teenagers from North Carolina, Alabama and New York have all collapsed on the football field and died of fatal head injuries. Though the cause of death has not been finalized in all three instances, brain hemorrhages after particularly dangerous hits are among the leading potential causes of their deaths.
If it turns out that the nature of the game is directly or indirectly responsible for the lives that were cut short, new policies that increase safety will be essential. Professional and college players have access to doctors on the field, sophisticated injury equipment and the latest helmets that technology can produce.
High school students who are dying on the fields may need similar policies, medical professionals and helmets. Communities and legislatures are going to have to take a hard long look at what can be done to reduce the level of risk high school football players are experiencing.
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