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High School Football Injuries & Deaths Renew Safety Concerns


High school football is a tradition in Pennsylvania and for Americans across the country. There is a growing controversy surrounding high school football and the safety of players, with concussions in football being at the forefront, along with high school football deaths.

The death of a high school football player in Seattle this week has us revisiting the serious issue of player safety and the danger of traumatic brain injuries and other injuries. The 17-year-old player in Seattle died three days after sustaining a head injury in a football game. Another player in Washington was hospitalized that same weekend after what seemed like a routine tackle ended in a broken neck. This latest high school football fatality is the fourth in just the last month.

According to ABC News, nearly 1.1 million kids play high school football and five high school players died last year as a result of injuries received on the football field. In early October, a high school quarterback in New Jersey died of a lacerated spleen after being injured in a football game. Earlier in September, an Oklahoma teen died from head injuries suffered in a game, and a Louisiana high school football player died of neck injuries sustained on the field.

According to the National High School Sports-Related Injury Surveillance Study, there were more than 500,000 injuries related to high school football last year. Concussions were about one-quarter of all of the injuries.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that more than 2.6 million children 0-19 years are treated in the emergency department each year for sports and recreation-related activities. According to a study by Purdue University, a high school football player may take anywhere from 200 to 1,800 hits to the head during the course of a single season.

It is important for players to get immediate medical attention if they exhibit any symptoms associated with head trauma or other injuries. It is also important that parents, players, and coaches all be educated about traumatic brain injury, so they could better recognize the signs of injury. Protecting players’ heads is a top concern in football. Players should always wear the proper safety equipment, both in games and during all practice sessions. The traumatic brain injury cases in the NFL are a grim reminder of the dangers of the sport.

The injury lawyers at Fellerman & Ciarimboli encourage parents and coaches to watch for the signs of concussions:

  • Headache
  • Confusion
  • Lack of coordination
  • Memory loss
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Sleepiness
  • Excessive fatigue
  • Temporary loss of consciousness
  • Slurred speech

Seek medical help immediately if you suspect a concussion or another injury. Do not let the player return to the field without first getting proper medical attention.

The personal injury lawyers at Fellerman & Ciarimboli in Philadelphia and Wilkes-Barre are experienced in traumatic brain injury and other injury cases. If you or a loved one have been injured, call us today for a free consultation. Call our Philadelphia brain injury lawyers at 215-575-9237 or a Wilkes-Barre injury lawyer at 570-714-HURT.

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