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Letter: State should look at prevalence of concussions in high school sports
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St. Pius X's Caroline Gray heads the ball over Flowery Branch's Maggie Wadsworth during the Class 4A state championship at Five Star Stadium in Macon on Friday, May 17, 2019. - photo by Austin Steele

The photo of the day in the Saturday morning email newsletter reminded me of an issue that is hopefully being addressed in girls’ soccer.  

According to a study by The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital reported by Investigate West, headers in girls’ soccer account for 27% of concussions, while knocks with other players on aerial play including head-to-head contact and arms and elbows to the head and contact with the ground account for 70% of concussions.  

In 2017, researchers at Northwestern University found concussion rates among young female soccer players were nearly as high as concussion rates for boys playing football — and roughly triple the rate of concussions in boys soccer.

Maybe our legislature should pass a bill and Gov. Brian Kemp should make it law for baseline testing of cognitive functions in all Georgia student athletes. But, again, that might strip "the ability for local school boards to make decisions that are right for their district.”

Scott McLendon

Gainesville

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