July 20, 2016
Investigators of this study found youth athletes, high school athletes and collegiate athletes who played football had different concussion-related outcomes which may be due to factors such as biologic differences or variations in policies.
“Overall, having athletic trainers on-site at any level of play is important to detect, diagnose and manage concussion,” Zachary Y. Kerr, PhD, MPH, told Healio.com/Orthopedics. “All colleges should have an athletic trainer on-site during football games and practices. However, a number of high schools do not have access to a full-time athletic trainer, and many youth football leagues do not have any access. An investment in an athletic trainer at these games and [at] practices is an investment in the health and safety of our adolescent and children athletes.”