Each year, between 1.6 and 3.8 million Americans are diagnosed with brain injuries. A large amount of these injuries derive from youth athletes who suffer concussions. The prevalence of sport-related head injuries, and their profound effect, has spurred safety reform in many youth sports, including football.
In Ohio, the decision on whether to allow your child to play high school football used to be much easier.
A 16-year-old Ohio teen suffered serious brain injuries during a barbaric football drill last September and his family is hoping that his story will prevent similar situations in the future.
The evidence keeps piling up against sport-related brain injuries. While professional athletes have attracted much-needed attention to this issue by filing massive lawsuits against organizations like the NFL, brain injuries can just as easily affect young athletes. Ohio parents need to be aware of the risks of letting a child play some sports.