It’s no surprise that high-school football is a dangerous sport. Allowing your child to play means accepting the increased risk of torn ligaments, broken bones, and head injuries. But most recently, child safety experts have suggested that the risk of head injuries could be much higher than originally thought. First, a New York Times report found that while helmets are adequate to protect against skull fractures, they often fail to prevent concussions. More recently, a team from Purdue University found that high-schoolers can suffer concussions without showing physical symptoms, meaning they could keep playing and potentially make the injury worse.
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