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How Safe Are High School Footballs Helmets?

3:45 PM, Sep 05, 2018

If you know about football then you know the dangers that come along with it. From the injuries to the concussion football like any sport, can be dangerous.

What is a concussion? According to the Center for Disease Control , a concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury—or TBI—caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or by a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth.

The dangers of this contact sport are in the back of 17-year-old Gateway High School’s quarterback, My’quad Shackleford’s mind all the time, “when I hear the word concussion it’s just ugh, it makes me cringe… there’s a lot of dangers to the game from being tackled, getting hit pretty hard, you can get blindsided and you know concussions.”

“I love football so very much, if it’s not Jesus, it’s football” My’quad Shackleford, Gateway High School Quarterback

According to the CDC 1.5 to 3 million sports-related concussions reported each year. That’s a lot of injuries reported but surprisingly about 300,000 of those are football related.

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As long as these helmets are up to date, and student-athletes are being as safe as they can parents can probably sleep a little easier at night knowing their kids are protected.

Reporting by Terrace Myles