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Growing concern about concussions

Highland Park High School Head Coach Jason Proffitt Highland Park High School Head Coach Jason Proffitt
Amarillo High School Head Trainer Bruce King Amarillo High School Head Trainer Bruce King

Kristen Guilfoos
NewsChannel 10

Amarillo, Texas - Concussion fears are putting a renewed emphasis on football safety. More high school athletes are getting concussion from hard knocks in contact sports.

So many of them, that lawmakers in Washington are currently discussing putting federal concussion standards into place.

Local coaches and trainers we spoke with today, though, are not waiting for the feds to make a decision... They're already being extra-diligent in practice and game-time, watching for any signs of possible concussions.

Highland Park High School Head Coach Jason Proffitt says,"you don't want something to happen to a kid when he's in high school that will affect him the rest of his life. Most kids are just out here to play and have some fun."

If not taken care of right away, concussions can cause permanent brain damage, nervous system problems and you could even become paralyzed if you're not taken care of right away.

Amarillo High School Head Trainer Bruce King says, "when you hit the football helmet, the head stops but the brain is still moving, just like you would in a car if you have a wreck. The same happens with the brain. It actually hits against the side of the skull and causes nervous system damage."

Many schools in our area already have several students sitting on the sidelines with concussions... Some of them are so serious they won't be able to suit up for at least a few weeks, if not months.

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