Protecting Young Athletes Against Brain Injuries

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As the sport of football has advanced, so have instances of traumatic brain injuries. A recent diagnosis that’s been established is chronic traumatic encephalopathy – a progressive degenerative brain disease found postmortem that stems from repeated instances of head trauma. The disease has largely been found in professional football players, but high school athletes (of all kinds) are actually the most affected by concussions. American student athletes sustain between 136,000 to 300,000 concussions annually.

Former NFL coach Mike Working is concerned that when these athletes are injured, they aren’t being properly assessed before being sent back out on the field.

“Let’s not let the player evaluate himself. Let’s not let the coach say ‘you’re okay, get back in there,'” he warns. Instead, he implores that teams leave these decisions to medical advisers. As the spokesperson for Brain Sentry, Working comes in toe with a device that can help, and might even save lives.

The Brain Sentry is a small piece of hardware that adheres to the back of a helmet and monitors ‘hit velocity’ when an athlete goes down. Take a look to see how it works!

By Ashley Johnson @AshleyNJohnson3


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