Jan 21 by GJEL

Report Links High School Football to Undiagnosed Head Injuries

It’s no surprise that high-school football is a dangerous sport. Allowing your child to play means accepting the increased risk of torn ligaments, broken bones, and head injuries. But most recently, child safety experts have suggested that the risk of head injuries could be much higher than originally thought. First, a New York Times report found that while helmets are adequate to protect against skull fractures, they often fail to prevent concussions. Now, Slate reports that a team from Purdue University has found that high-schoolers can suffer concussions without showing physical symptoms, meaning they could keep playing and potentially make the head injury worse.

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Jan 10 by GJEL

Senator Urges Investigation to Boost Helmet Safety and Reduce Head Injuries

In high school contact sports, parents are often comforted that despite whatever risks a sport entails, their child’s safety equipment will reduce the chance of serious injuries. Last October, a New York Times story reported that the manufacturers of football helmets have not lived up to their part of their bargain, as helmets that say “Meets NOCSAE Standard” should seldom be trusted. This week, New Mexico Senator Tom Udall urged the Federal Trade Commission to investigate helmet manufacturers for what he called “misleading safety claims and deceptive practices.”

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