October 18, 2017
Results from this study indicated youth football players who experienced higher levels of head impact exposure were more likely to be “back” players who were frequently positioned in the open field.
Helmets with accelerometer arrays were given to 45 football players who were between 9 years and 12 years old to wear during all games and practices to record any head impact accelerations. Practices and games were video recorded to verify high-magnitude head impacts, to identify specific impact characteristics and to determine the amount of time was spent in each activity. Impacts were defined by the position played by each athlete, part of the field where the impact occurred, whether impact occurred during practice or game, and the cause of the impact.