Catastrophic head injuries major problem for high school football players

April 20, 2012 1:59:42 PM PDT
Catastrophic head injuries to high school football players have reached the highest number in more than 25 years, according to a new report that concludes this is a major problem.

High school and youth football players sustained 14 brain injuries with long-lasting damage last year, according to a survey by the National Center for Catastrophic Sports Injury Research. It found, although deaths from brain injuries among injured high school players have decreased, brain injuries with incomplete recovery reached the double digits in three of the past four years.

Researchers believe the young athletes are getting better medical care on the field, so they are not dying, but they are sustaining permanent brain damage.