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Front-of-Head Hits Blamed for Nearly Half of Young Football Player Concussions

August 20, 2014

High school football players are more likely to lose consciousness after concussions if they get hit at the top of the head compared to the sides, back or front, according to a new study. And nearly half of all concussions suffered by high school players occur from player-to-player collisions on the front of the head, the researchers found. The findings support a growing movement for safer tackling. Football players are more likely to get hit at the top of the head if they tackle with their heads down, according to the study. "Something as simple as lifting their heads up when they're tackling can prevent fatal and catastrophic injuries," said study lead author Zachary Kerr, director of the NCAA Injury Surveillance Program at Datalys Center for Sports Injury Research and Prevention in Indianapolis. To read more, click here

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