Concussions Are Most Likely During Practice In High School And College

Parents worry about a child getting a concussion in the heat of competition, but they also need to be thinking about what happens during practices, a study finds.

High school and college football players are more likely to suffer a concussion during practices than in a game, according a study published in JAMA Pediatrics. Here are the numbers:

In youth games, 54 percent of concussions happened during games.  In high school and college, just 42 percent of concussions happened during games, with 58 percent during practices.  Overall, college students had the highest rate of concussions during games, with 3.74 per 1,000 games compared to 2.01 for high schoolers and 2.38 for youths. High schoolers had the highest rates during practices.

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