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Debunking common myths about concussions in football

The first weekend of the college football season was good for Arizona State University and the University of Arizona. Additionally, scores of high school football teams began their seasons as Labor Day weekend passed. With football season in full swing, there is likely to be talk about concussions, as well as news and discussions about the long-term effects that can come about. However, with fears about concussions come myths, it is important to know how to separate truth from propaganda.

This post will attempt to debunk several myths.

High school football players have the same risk of developing CTE as professional players – There is not enough evidence to suggest that the risks are the same for high school players as it is for professional football players. In essence, there is not enough information about people in their 50’s who played high school football, where a far greater number of CTE victims have played professionally for many years.

Players who suffer a concussion are at risk of developing long-term brain damage – Again, the research is not developed enough to determine whether a single concussion will lead directly to CTE or other forms of brain damage.

Nothing can be done to protect against concussions – To the contrary, there are a number of things that can be done to make the sport safer. Additionally, coaches can dedicate some portion to every practice to proper tackling technique, ensuring that baseline concussion protocols are followed so that players can be protected from cumulative effects of concussions.

 

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