UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 8:53am
Waco-- There is a continuous rise in head injuries, specifically concussions, occurring on the football field. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, concussions are the most commonly reported injury in organized youth sports.
Dr. Alan Little, a Neurologist in the Waco area, says that the more concussions someone has in a shorter amount of time, long-term memory and concentration could be greatly affected. He also says, that someone suffering from a concussion should visit a doctor no more than 24 hours after the injury.
Kenny Braswell, President of the Heart O' Texas Football program, says that important factors for preventing a concussion, include proper training for coaches, athletes, and referees.
Mr. Braswell says the work on safety tips before every football season, and as the season progresses. He says, "Well, during the practices we teach the kids to not lead with their face, lead with the should. And make sure their heads up and we walk through, walk through, walk through, and then as we're drilling at the full speed, were correcting it constantly."