A Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) report has revealed that high school football and hockey players in that state are more likely to suffer concussions than athletes in other sports.
While the findings may seem obvious to most, soccer and cheerleading have emerged as contenders for unenviable title in recent years.
The study also showed that female hockey players suffered concussions at a greater rate than male hockey players
The MDH collected data from 36 Twin Cities-area schools in formulating the report, with plans to go statewide in future years.
The state does have a “return to play” law, which requires coaches to take student athletes younger than age 18 out of the game if they exhibit concussion symptoms. They then must get permission from a health care provider before being cleared to play.