Fewer concussions during football practice, but more during games
A new report of concussions in high school sports finds that the most such injuries occur during football. Researchers found that the rate of concussions in football was more than twice the average rate of such injuries from 20 high school sports between 2013-2018. Interestingly, the rate of concussions during football games increased during this time period, while that rate decreased for practice sessions. The rate of recurrent concussions also decreased across all sports. At the same time, among sports that had separate girls and boys teams, concussion rates were higher among girls, as were rates of recurrent concussions. Researchers hypothesize that better diagnosis and management of concussions could have contributed to the lower rates in some groups.