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Study: Many Concussions in Football Players Happen in Practice

ABC 7 reports on a concussion study that found that many injuries and concussions in football players were sustained during drills.

About the Sports Concussion Study

The study was a collaborative effort between the NCAA and the Department of Defense. It was presented by researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles in January. It is believed to be the largest concussion study ever conducted with 11,000 student athletes being monitored under the study.

Pac-12 Conference Commissioner Larry Scott believes that a “tipping point” has been reached about knowledge and treatment of concussions. Increased amounts of data about the frequency and intensity of hits have been coming from sensors in helmets.
One solution to limit injuries during drills is to limit player contact during drills.

Some college teams have placed “spotters” in the skybox to identify disorientation and dizziness.

Policies regarding time off for players who have sustained concussions have also been updated.

Facts About Concussions

According to the Sports Concussion Institute, symptoms of concussions include headaches, nausea, cognitive difficulty, memory lapses, irritability, sleep disturbances, changes in energy levels.

If someone has already received one concussion, they are 1-2 times more likely to receive a second one.

The CDC estimates that between 1.6 million and 3.8 million concussions occur annually.

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