Professional football isn’t the only segment of the sport that seems to be experiencing increased occurrences of concussions.
In West Virginia, approximately one in every 27 high school football players reported concussion-like symptoms this season, according to the West Virginia Secondary Schools Activities Commission.
WVSSAC Executive Director Gary Ray noted that about 200 high school football players reported concussion-like symptoms out of 5,425 total high school football players in the state.
“I think the report reflects that we need to give some consideration to certified athletic trainers in our schools, and I know it’s a big ticket item – I’ve been in education 42 years now, so I understand that,” Ray told The State Journal. “As we move forward with thinking about safety for our students, and that’s our key component right now, the safety, we need that consideration, and I urge you to think about that.”
He said that the state legislature is using the Commission’s data to modify the state’s existing concussion policy as necessary. One of the issues lawmakers must navigate, according to Ray, is the question over immunity on the field for volunteers with medical backgrounds who help out.
“Our goal is to provide protection for the volunteer physicians and athletic trainers to allow them to do the job they’re trained to do without fear or fear of legal action,” Chuck Jones of the Board of Risk and Insurance Management told the media.