Sports Safety: A Second Opinion

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Dr. Steve Rowson, of Virginia Tech’s Center for Injury Biomechanics, recently released a report evaluating injuries in youth football. “There are more players at the youth level [so] this is an important subset to study and better understand how you might reduce concussion incidents in the future,” he said.

Whereas Dr. Michael Collins’ study (see main story) found that most concussion incidents occurred during games, Rowson’s study found greater rates of high-magnitude head impacts during practices. By changing drills and other procedures, Rowson believes youth football programs can reduce the rates of high impact head collisions among players — which is something any youth sports or rec program can learn from.

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