A SPORTS CULTURE IN NEED OF REFORM? Researchers from the University of North Carolina found a majority of high school athletes did not report concussion symptoms for reasons ranging from a fear of missing playing time to a lack of education about symptoms. Read More

Athletic Trainers Absent in Many Md. High Schools, Safety Concerns Raised

Just four of Maryland’s 24 public school districts have athletic trainers working full-time with student athletes in all high schools, 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 emergencies. Read More

Concussion Numbers Dip for High School Sports in Howard Co.

Anne Arundel Co. Athletic Head: More Thought Needed on Concussion Plan

Concussion Testing in Mo. Co. Sweeping, But Impact Still Unclear


Kayli Burns

Kayli Burns sustained a concussion at age 14 during a junior varsity basketball game that radically altered her freshman year -- and left her with some memory loss four years later. But the Baltimore teen is determined to keep the injury from interfering with her career plans.

Briana Scurry

Briana Scurry, a two-time Olympic goalkeeper and Women’s World Cup champion, has found a new life focus following a debilitating concussion four years ago.

Michelle Priddy

Athletic trainer Michelle Priddy covers practices and games at both Queen Anne’s County high schools, which she says can be stressful. It can be hard, she says, keeping track of all the athletes’ injuries.

Callan Weith

Callan Weith

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.

About this Project

"The Invisible Injury: Concussions in Teen Sports" was reported and produced in spring and fall 2014 by students in a health reporting capstone class at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism. The project, led by faculty member and editor Chris Harvey, takes a deep look at the impact of head injuries on our most vulnerable athletes -- and examines the steps school districts are taking to safeguard them. The project benefitted from input by editors at Kaiser Health News in Washington, D.C.

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