State tracking concussions in prep athletes: 373 in 7 weeks

  • Article by: ALEJANDRA MATOS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 19, 2012 - 6:47 AM

373 cases diagnosed at 42 schools in first seven weeks.

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HamlineATCOct. 18, 12 6:13 PM

Actually, we're called "athlteic trainers."

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pjatelliOct. 18, 12 6:42 PM

At what point do we decide that inflicting brain damage on our youth is unacceptable?

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grover750Oct. 18, 12 7:37 PM

"The whole issue was that we have no idea how big the problem is in Minnesota," Seymour said. "We would like to be able to quantify it, so that we can address what we can do to address the problem." And, after reading this article, we still have no idea how big the problem is, since we don't know how many students play sports in the schools studied. I coach youth football, and we are VERY consious of concussions - any symptoms whatsoever and they are out 2 weeks, which I completely support. But I have a hard time believing there is a big increase in concussions - everyone I talk to who played football "back in the day" has multiple stories of concussions that were completely ignored. I believe the increase in concussions are due to increased knowledge about concussions, so more are being reported, which is a good thing. We drill our players on how to tackle correctly to reduce the likelihood of concussions.

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AnondsonOct. 18, 12 8:21 PM

In addition to the increased heightened awareness of concussions leading to increased diagnosis, I believe someday soon people will realize our modern diet high in excitotoxins plays a role in the increased brain injuries.

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mred58Oct. 18, 12 8:30 PM

SO BUILDING THAT STADIUM ISNT A BRIGHT IDEA.and play football for a cure is lose you brain for a cure.

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waynes31Oct. 18, 12 8:56 PM

I am not sure it really is an issue of an increase in the number of concussions in recent years as much as we are realizing that the "simple" concussion can be a very serious injury. In getting the word out about how serious a concussion is, we have created a heightened awareness to the situation. I find it interesting there were 50 plus reported concussions a week from the relatively small sampling of schools in this study.

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fishbachOct. 18, 12 9:00 PM

By quantifying the physical harm of having our youth playing full contact sports such as football and hockey, we should also begin to consider the unhealthy social consequences such as over-aggression. These "athletes" are not taught to turn off their aggression when the game is over.

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northsportsOct. 18, 1210:57 PM

A few years back when I was coaching boys high school hockey we had a game where we took a high number of illegal checks(cheapshots) to the head in the first period. I brought it to the attention of the officials during the first period and again at the end of the period while showing them one of my players who had sustained a nasty pressure cut from his helmet by one of the numerous punch checks that were directed at my players heads. I again confronted the officials about the punch checks in the second period and after the period I asked them to come over to chat and they refused. The cheap and dangerous play continued on into the 3rd period with no calls to deter it. The officials avoided me after the game also. I went into the locker room after the game(which we won) and asked the players who had taken a check(cheapshot) to the head and how many times. We took over 3 dozen punch checks to the head and the MSHSL was supposedly cracking down on contact to the head as it was suppose to be a point of emphasis. Hockey is just around the corner and there were very few concussions in hockey before the facemask was brought in. Keep the facemasks but call every shot to the head and every check from behind also to clean up the game for both the boys and the girls. Thank you !!

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