North Texas districts have 2.5k+ concussions in 1 year — 5 observations

Written by Mary Rechtoris | September 15, 2015 | Print  |

Forty-one of the districts in North Texas reported more sports-related concussions than the entire statewide samples, according to NBC 5.

Here are five observations:


1. The University Interscholastic League reported 295 concussions from 263 schools in 2014. NBC 5 found there were more concussions reported by high school football players in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex than UIL reported.


2. NBC 5 Investigates found more than 2,500 concussions in one school year in all sports at all the high schools and middle schools located in 41 North Texas districts.


3. In boys high school soccer, there were a reported 223 concussions across all districts. Additionally, 145 concussions were reported in boy's high school basketball.


4. In girls high school soccer, there were a reported 183 concussions and 121 concussions in girl's softball. Sixty-two concussions were reported in cheerleading.


5. The NFL made rule changes in an effort to prevent sports-related injuries. Recent data found concussions are down by 36 percent in the last three years.


UIL Assistant Director Jamey UIL said, "We are worried we need to do more in the area of data collection. But that doesn't mean we have found a solution yet."


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