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7th Grade Football: An Endangered Species

When the New York Times reported last week that the Marshall (Texas) Independent School District was dropping 7th grade football because of the risk of concussion, it was old news.

The district actually released the information in February.

What follows is the explanation from Public Relations Officer David Weaver:

“At that particular age, some kids might be further along in their body’s changes. So this gives them an extra year to develop.

“This will allow the coaches to get in there and teach some fundamentals, get them in the weight room, and teach them proper technique. So by the time they are in the 8th grade they will be ready to play real football.
“I think they will gain confidence by knowing the correct way of doing things. It will also establish a better relationship with players and coaches.”
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Family Sues After Son Hit with Football, Suffers Concussion

The family of a 10-year-old boy, who was accidentally hit in the head by a football while waiting for school to begin, leading to a concussion and lingering neurological problems, has sued a Connecticut school district and staff members.

The boy’s family, who is represented by Charles B. Price of Price Green in New Haven, is seeking $15,000.

A fifth grader, the boy was waiting outside Martin Kellogg Middle School for school to open on March 5, 2013 when several eighth graders began tossing a football back and forth. One of the throws struck the boy below the ear, reportedly causing a concussion. The plaintiffs claim he was later diagnosed with post-concussion syndrome, and that he suffered from headaches, cognitive problems, irritability, fatigue and difficulty concentrating.

One of the issues that may arise from the litigation is that concerns were expressed by parents about the size and maturity differences between fifth- and eighth-grade students. Price claimed in the media that “representations made the prior year to parents who were concerned about their children being dropped off [and] coming into contact with older children. It’s really the violation of school policies that in our judgment led to the injury.”

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Study: Middle-School Girls Continue to Play Soccer with Concussion Symptoms

Concussions are common among middle-school girls who play soccer, and most continue to play with symptoms, according to a study by John W. O’ Kane, M.D., of the University of Washington Sports Medicine Clinic, Seattle, and his colleagues.My beautiful picture

Using an email survey and interviews, the authors evaluated the frequency and duration of concussions in young female soccer players, as well as whether the injuries resulted in stopping play and seeking medical attention. Their study included 351 soccer players (ages 11 to 14 years) from soccer clubs in the Puget Sound region of Washington.

Among 351 players, there were 59 concussions with 43,742 athletic exposure hours. Concussion symptoms can include memory loss, dizziness, drowsiness, headache and nausea. Cumulative concussion incidence was 13 percent per season with an incidence of 1.2 per 1,000 athletic exposure hours. Symptoms lasted a median four days (average 9.4 days). Heading the ball accounted for 30.5 percent of concussions. Most players (58.6 percent) continued to play with symptoms, with almost half (44.1 percent) seeking medical attention, according to the results.

The authors note that the rate of 1.3 concussions per 1,000 athletic exposure hours was higher than what has been reported in other studies of girls soccer at the high school and college levels.

“Future studies are needed to develop education strategies to ensure players understand and report concussion symptoms and that parents and coaches ensure appropriate medical evaluation and clearance before returning to play,” the authors conclude. “Future studies should also compare short- and long-term outcomes for those who seek medical care and return to play according to recommended guidelines vs. those who do not seek medical care and/or return to play prematurely.”

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