With high school football concussion cases rising, limits on contact at practice likely

The question from the former New Orleans Saints executive to those in the Palisades Ballroom in UCLA’s Carnesale Commons on Tuesday afternoon was, “How many concussions occurred on NFL practice fields last season?”

He began counting down from 400. Signs of concussion in adults The lower he went, the louder the audience voiced he was counting in the wrong direction. Signs of concussion in babies O’Neil appeased the disbelieving audience, asking about numbers as high as 600 before ending the exchange with a thud.

Some 2,000 of the most powerful athletes in the world playing one of the most dangerous sports in existence inflicted just four concussions during five months of practice during the 2013 NFL season.

“The games are a separate kettle of fish,” O’Neil clarified, but for the majority of the time its players spend wearing helmets, the NFL has virtually eliminated head injuries threatening the future of the country’s most popular sport.

Most of those in charge of the 1.1 million young men who will begin high school football season in a month haven’t adopted the model set forth by the 2010 NFL collective bargaining agreement limiting full-contact practices.

There is no accurate way to document the amount of head trauma in high school football, where an estimated 12 to 15 percent of concussions are even reported. Signs of concussion in children Of the scattered states that do report concussions, O’Neil estimated somewhere in the vicinity of 100,000 occur across the country every season.

Sports Legacy Institute, one of the leaders in advancing prevention of brain trauma in athletes, estimates that 60 to 75 percent of concussions occur during football practice.

While equipment manufacturers attack the crisis on one front, O’Neil founded Practice Like Pros to address the football that takes place in a controlled environment — practice.

Along with Mike Ditka, Archie Manning and Dick Vermeil among others, Practice Like Pros has developed a clinic that will tour the country in 2015 teaching high school football coaches practice techniques to prevent head injuries.

“The reason we formed Practice Like Pros is we saw that stark contrast between four (concussions) among the players and coaches that have learned how to practice,” O’Neil said, “versus more than 100,000 that we find in high school football.”

On top of the rule that took effect July 1 in California allowing high school football teams just 18 hours of practice per week, a bill has been proposed to limit full-contact practice time to three hours per week.

Assemblyman Ken Cooley introduced the bill that has already passed the State Assembly and Senate. Signs of a concussion in an infant If Gov. Signs of concussion for baby Jerry Brown takes the final step and signs the bill into effect, California would be the 16th state in the past 16 months to restrict contact on the high school practice field.

“I can tell you as the author, the real purpose of AB 2127 is to deal not with the impact in the brain of an athlete,” Cooley said, “but the impact of all the adverse concussion news in the brains of parents who love their kids and are looking at that baby boy and are worried about what will happen if my son wants to play football.”

“I think 95 percent of the coaches in California will embrace this,” Blake said. Signs of concussion in a child “They’re going to learn new skills how to teach. Signs of a concussion But we’re going to need to help that five percent and I think that’s why this bill is so important.”

The dissenting coaches will likely have the identical problem. Symptoms of a concussion in child If their players can’t practice the same functions they’ll perform in a game, how can they improve?

“There were a lot of people at the time who said, ‘Oh my gosh. Symptoms of a concussion in a baby This game is changing forever. Signs of a concussion in baby The quality of the play, the quality of the tackling will drop dramatically,” O’Neil said. Symptoms of a concussion in adults “If anything, the game is more exciting, more fun, more physical on Sundays than it’s ever been. Signs of a concussion in toddler A lot of that is that players are more ready to play. What are signs of a concussion They’re fresher. Signs of concussion in a toddler They’re not taking practice-field injuries into the game.”