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Study Shows Trained Coaches Prevent Head Injuries

Steve Wagner

A new study has just been released from Indiana’s Datalys Center for Sports Injury Research and Prevention. Datalys has been working for over three years to collect information from Indiana and neighboring states on the number of concussions and head injuries received for players ages 5-15. The study focused on whether or not training programs for coaches helped reduce the overall number of head injuries sustained by players.

Concussion X's and O'sWhat the study found was that for the teams whose coaches had gone through the national USA Football’s “Heads Up” training program (a program that educates coaches on the proper technique for tackling and hits, as well as information about how to avoid concussions and treat potential traumatic brain injuries), had teams that were 34% less likely to get a head injury during practice, and 29% less likely to get a head injury during a game.

Even the president of Datalys, Dr. Tom Dompier says his son won’t play in a tackle football league unless they can find one that has been through the Heads Up program; the results are that convincing.

What hasn’t been taken seriously until recently, concussions are serious business. Traumatic brain injuries like concussions leave lasting damage, and can affect more than just the next football play. Taking a close look at some professional football players who have received multiple concussions (which is easy to do when playing football), many of them are left with irreversible damage, some that impairs aspects of their daily lives. That damage starts young.

Recognizing the signs and symptoms of a concussion is one of the most important jobs you can do as a parent or a coach of an athlete. Take a look at this graphic below and share it with your friends and family to help us protect our athletes! If your child has already sustained a traumatic brain injury, give us a call at (888) 204-8440 for a free consultation.

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