Many H.S. Football Players Would Play Through Concussion Symptoms

By Bryan Toporek — May 07, 2013 1 min read
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A majority of high school football players believe it’s OK to play through concussion symptoms despite knowing the risk of serious injury, finds a study presented yesterday at the annual meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies.

Physicians from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center surveyed 120 high school football players, 30 of whom had previously suffered a concussion and 84 of whom reported going through previous concussion education. The study authors set out to determine whether a student-athlete’s previous concussion education influenced his views on what to do when experiencing symptoms of a concussion.

Nearly 91 percent of the football players surveyed knew that continuing to play despite concussion symptoms could result in serious injury or even death (via second-impact syndrome). A study released in June 2011 in the journal .

A version of this news article first appeared in the Schooled in Sports blog.