PENDLETON, Ind. —
Rick Thomas played football when he was younger, and now his son, Dylan, plays for Pendleton Heights High School. Thomas noted that today’s players have better equipment, such as helmets designed to prevent concussions.
And while he’s glad an athletic trainer will be with the team year-round, he’s not overly concerned about sports injuries.
“Injuries are a part of the game,” he said, adding that the severity and frequency of injuries are often exaggerated.
According to the National High School Sports-Related Injury Surveillance Study, out of 100 schools surveyed nationwide, 3,759 injuries were reported over the 2011-12 school year.
Using the number of exposures, or the amount of times athletes were exposed to the potential of injury while participating in practices or competitions, along with the number of actual injuries, the study estimated there were 1.4 million sports-related injuries nationwide in 2011-12.
There were 7.7 million student-athletes in the United States that year.
Of those injuries, the majority, or 42.2 percent, were sprains or strains, while 22.2 percent were concussions.
In addition to a trainer, Broughton said, IU Health will provide other resources, such as a doctor at football and basketball games, at no additional cost to South Madison Community Schools.
Those doctors, who have treated Indianapolis Colts football players and other pro athletes, will give coaches an idea of what decision to make when it comes to deciding whether to take an injured player out of a game, he said.
The physicians, from Saxony, will also come to campus once a week to check on the progress of injury recovery, and athletes will have access to the performance center in Carmel for rehabilitation.
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