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Why More High School Kids Are Suffering Concussions At Alarming Rates

By Victor Trammell

Professional research has proven that during a nine-year period in recent American history, the amount of concussions experienced by high school students across the country who participate in sports has skyrocketed.

The Daily Republic newspaper of Mitchell, South Dakota reported earlier this month that the University of Colorado School of Medicine has released a report, which was derived from a study that was conducted from 2005 to 2014. The Daily Republic’s news article was published online and authored by Lisa Rapaport, a Reuters News correspondent.

Dr. Morteza Khodaee, a sports medicine researcher at the University of Colorado School of Medicine led the institution’s study on the rising amount of high school athletes who have experienced concussions. Dr. Khodaee said the following about the University of Colorado School of Medicine’s study findings  to Reuters in an interview:

“It is well known that the risk of injury is higher in competition compared with practice .. This is most likely due to more intense, full contact and potentially riskier play that occurs in competition … This was only an epidemiologic study to calculate the risk of injuries and (find) any differences in sex, position of players, and mechanism of injuries.” (

Rapaport also reported additional data, which was derived from the final published report of the study’s findings. Her article for The Republic partially reads as follows:

“The research team looked at injuries per minute of athletic exposure (AE), which includes both practices and competitions, for U.S. high school athletes. Overall, there were 6,154 injuries during 2.98 million athletic exposures, for an injury rate of 2.06 per 1,000 AEs, the study found. That included about 1.8 million soccer injuries among girls and 1.5 million among boys. Girls were 27 percent more likely to sustain soccer injuries than boys, the study found. Injuries were 42 percent more common in competitions than during practice.” (

The increased amount of head injuries to high school athletes can be attributed to a decreased amount of effort by schools to prioritize sports safety procedures for the purpose of lowering serious risks. To read more about the University of Colorado School of Medicine’s study findings on concussions among America’s high school athletes, click the source link provided at the end of this news article.

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