UPDATED: Friday August 26, 2011 10:24 AM
MARION, Ohio – Being on the field for football Friday night is the highlight of the week for many gridiron enthusiasts.
But one hit on the field could end a young player’s career.
In recent months, concussion management has become just as important as winning the game, reported ONN’s Denise Alex.
“Even when I played, which wasn’t that long ago, you get hit, you walk off the sideline, shake it off, get back in there,” said Elgin High School Defensive Coordinator Patrick Cotter.
But going back in and getting hit again increases the chances of ending a player’s career.
“The cumulative effects can lead to migraines, can lead to poor school performance and can lead to long term disability,” said Dr. Jason Dapore, who specializes in sports medicine with Ohio Health.
Sports doctors like Dapore said concussions, brain injuries that can also alter levels of alertness or unconsciousness, are discussed amongst high school football teams more now than ever.