Before they put on their pads, before they strap on their helmet, high school football players have to take a test in South Florida according to an Associated Press report.
The 20 minute computer test gives doctors a baseline to be able to determine if there’s cognitive impairment after a season of play. The testing begins Monday in Palm Beach County but similar testing has been ongoing for two years in Miami-Dade County.
And South Florida isn’t the only place high school football players are being monitored for concussions.
Purdue University released a two-year study in February in which impact sensors were embedded in helmets of an Indiana high school team.
Purdue found that players received 200 to nearly 1,900 hits to the head per season. Researchers also suggested that concussions are likely caused by repeated blows rather than a single jolt. Such evidence is why the Sports Legacy Institute and other advocates say a “hit count” is necessary to protect young, developing brains that are more susceptible to injury than those of adults.
Long term effects of blows to the head and concussions are a concern. Diana Brett, the mother of a 16-year-old who suffered numerous concussions and killed himself, is pushing for more more education and study of concussions in young athletes.