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Just four of Maryland’s 24 public school districts have athletic trainers working full-time with student athletes in all high schools, recent calls conducted by Capital News Service reveal. That means thousands of student athletes throughout the state are participating in practices and games without a licensed healthcare professional on hand for emergency medical situations.
It's difficult to say if concussions have decreased or increased in quantity, because the county now has a reporting system in place that did not exist before, says one high school athletic director.
The guidelines are part of increased efforts in youth football to improve safety and better protect players from head injuries in the wake of publicity over NFL players who suffered degenerative brain disease after years of playing the collision sport.
As concussion awareness grows, some sports leagues are finding ways to improve safety for athletes. Yet a lingering problem remains: The culture behind sports often pressures athletes to ignore injuries and to “tough out” what can be a life-threatening blow.
What seemed like a run-of-the-mill knock to the head during a Baltimore teen's junior varsity basketball game was a concussion that would drastically alter her freshman year and cause reverberations four years later.
A Reservoir High School athlete's concussion diagnosis marks the beginning of a months-long struggle to return to the sports and activities he loves.
Scientists at the University of Virginia are exploring using audio-video connections to allow doctors to assess sports-related concussions in rural areas.
Athletic trainer Michelle Priddy covers practices and games at both Queen Anne's County high schools. The job, she says, can be stressful but rewarding.