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Son's football injury enlightens mom to danger of concussions

A football mom didn't know about concussions when her football-player son suffered one in high school football. After the incident her son sustained, she acted as if nothing major happened and had her son do his homework and sent him to school the next morning. Until her son suffered from a concussion, and after a subsequent amount of research on them, she did not know how many students actually suffered from concussions. Like most people, she only attributed it to professional sports, according to the director of the Neurotrauma Research Laboratory.

The mom heard about studies that the director was doing, so she helped him get in touch with her son's high school administrators. They agreed to participate in the director's studies. The students at her son's high school are now part of the director's studies, which measure not only times a player is hit, but the location, magnitude and other statistics about the hit.

The director has been conducting research using helmet sensor to show how many impacts high school football players have during a year. He said that the average high school football players gets hit about 650 times during a football season, while some get hit up to 2,000 times per season. He said that a hit is about 90 to 100 g-force, which is about the same as slamming your head into a wall at 20 mph.

He also learned from his research that just because a player has had many hits doesn't mean that another small hit will cause a concussion. In other words, there is no snowball effect. He said one good hit could cause injury to a player.

Source: CBS Detroit, "Football Helmet Sensors Pound Home Reality Of Cocussions," Aril 19, 2012

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