Good Counsel High School freshman William Leatherwood has been playing tackle football since second grade. Leatherwood says playing tackle football for so many years has helped get him to Good Counsel and their athletic program. But that could change for younger athletes in the future.
As part of the effort, up to 10 research grants of $400,000 each will be awarded to colleges and universities and others studying factors that could help to change the behaviors of student-athletes.
A number of sports equipment companies say they may have found a piece of the puzzle in identifying concussions, especially in contact sports such as football.
Supporters say the tests can be valuable in determining when athletes who have had concussions should return to competition and school, but others wonder how worthwhile they are.
Howard County Public Schools saw a 19 percent drop last school year in reported sports-related concussions, after numbers steadily rose for several years.
A Frederick High School student’s experience proves the college application process can be completed even with concussion symptoms–with help from a variety of sources, including family, high school teachers and counselors.
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.