Raising Concussion Awareness in Unit 5 Schools
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Concussions are becoming a serious and prevalent problem in America that can cause significant health issues for people not only now but in the future. Everyone who watches football is aware of the concussion problem in the NFL. However, the NFL is not alone when it comes to dealing with concussions. High schools across the country are facing the same problem. Students need to become more aware of the signs and the effects of concussions.
Unit 5 schools have a select amount of time everyday designated for homeroom (15 minutes). This is a perfect time for teachers to utilize prepared videos and resources that they can present to students to help increase concussion awareness. This should be done on a consistent monthly basis for students to become fully aware of the sign and effects.
The Concussion Awareness Group petitions to have the Unit 5 schools designate more time directly to discussing the signs and effects of concussions. Along with time designated for discussion--there needs to be more informational signs and banners throughout the school, especially in the gyms, locker rooms, and health related classes, so that students have the students walking in their hallways. The following facts on concussions in high schools are not only eye opening, but also reveal that there is a significant problem that needs to be addressed head on.
- High school athletes sustain an estimated 300,000 concussions per year (prevacus.com)
- There are approximately 67,000 diagnosed concussions in high school football every year (prevacus.com)
- 1 in 5 high school athletes will sustain a sports concussion during the season. (headcasecompany.com)
- 39%-the amount by which cumulative concussions are shown to increase catastrophic head injury leading to permanent neurological disability. (headcasecompany.com)
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