California: Concussions are Up and Football Participation is Down

This article is a great overview of the different issues and viewpoints on the subject of youth sports safety. Concussions are up “In the Bay Area, 3,064 girls and boys ages 9 to 18 were diagnosed with sports-related concussions in 2015, an 82 percent increase since 2005, according to numbers compiled by the California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development exclusively for this newspaper. Across the state, hospitals recorded 17,533 sports-related head injuries in 2015 for that age group, up 57 percent over the same time period.” Participation in high school football is down “High school football participation in California is down 7 percent over the past decade [100,538 down fro

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