From the desk of Coach Broc Silvers, High School Varsity Football Coach
Time magazine is running an article on a tragic injury on Chad Stover (a former football player from Tipton). There is a lot information on concussions and football right now and I wanted to give you update on some facts of concussions and what we do as a football staff at Versailles High School. We do not take concussions or your athlete’s welfare lightly. Football is a great game and we are changing how we approach the game with concussions.
What is a concussion?
Other terms for a concussion include “head injury” and “mild traumatic brain injury.” A concussion usually is caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head. In most cases, children hit their heads without getting a concussion. That is because the brain is protected by the skull, which is a very hard covering made of bone that works like a helmet. But if the head is hit hard enough, the brain can be shaken around inside the skull causing a concussion. Common causes of a concussion are car or ATV crashes, falls from bikes and skateboards, and sports-related accidents. Source: stlouischidrenshospital.org
Fact #1: Less than 0.3% of High School Football Players Receive a Concussion (That equals one out of every 303 athletes… so based on our conference schools one or two players from our conference will have a concussion each year)
Fact #2: There were 120 sports-related deaths of young athletes in 2008-2009; 50 in 2010; and 40 in 2011.
Fact #3: Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of all head injuries. These accidents cause about 28% of traumatic brain injuries; sports injuries cause another estimated 20%. Other common causes are household falls and physical assaults.
Fact #4: Researchers reviewed data from the National Center for Catastrophic Sports Injury Research and found 62 football deaths recorded between July 1990 and June 2010 From Brain Injury.
There are an estimated 22.5 Million athlete that has played football during that time… so.00002% of those students have passed away from a head injury.
Fact #5: The average American makes 50,000 car trips in his/her lifetime. Based on this average, the odds of being killed in a car accident are 1 in 140. Source: Richard Wilson, Analyzing the Daily Risk of Life, Technology Review
A total of 2,823 teenagers ages 13-19 died in motor vehicle crashes in 2012. 2/3rd of All Deaths are Males. Source:http://www.rmiia.org/auto/teens/Teen_Driving_Statistics.asp
So what are we doing about it at Morgan County R-2?
We as coaches are required to complete concussion prevention training each and every year.
Baseline Test: Each high school football player took a baseline test of memory and balance. If there is a suspected head injury your son will not be allowed to practice or play in any games until he is symptom free and has passed his memory and balance test.
Return to Play Protocol:
Baseline (Step 0): As the baseline step of the Return to Play Progression, the athlete needs to have completed physical and cognitive rest and not be experiencing concussion symptoms for a minimum of 24 hours.
- Step 1: Light Aerobic Exercise
- The Goal: only to increase an athlete’s heart rate.
- The Time: 5 to 10 minutes.
- The Activities: exercise bike, walking, or light jogging.
- Absolutely no weight lifting, jumping or hard running.
- Step 2: Moderate Exercise
- The Goal: limited body and head movement.
- The Time: Reduced from typical routine
- The Activities: moderate jogging, brief running, moderate-intensity stationary biking, and moderate-intensity weightlifting
- Step 3: Non-contact Exercise
- The Goal: more intense but non-contact
- The Time: Close to Typical Routine
- The Activities: running, high-intensity stationary biking, the player’s regular weightlifting routine, and non-contact sport-specific drills. This stage may add some cognitive component to practice in addition to the aerobic and movement components introduced in Steps 1 and 2.
- Step 4: Practice
- The Goal: Reintegrate in full contact practice.
- Step 5: Play
- The Goal: Return to competition.
Please, if you have any questions or concerns call me at 573-692-2402.