An audit of how well state high school football associations are adhering to national safety guidelines shows that two years after guidelines were issued to reduce the risk of head trauma and concussion, only 12 of 50 states are meeting even three of the five guidelines. View full press release.
The national guidelines were issued in 2014 by the National Federation of State High School Associations. The audit was conducted by Diana Coyne of Connecticut and Dorothy Bedford of Pennsylvania, both volunteer concussion safety policy advocates.
According to a metric they devised, the audit results show that only 24 percent of states are in compliance with the guidelines for limiting pre-season practice, while 38 percent comply with in-season guidelines. Since 2012, 44 states have introduced some limits, beginning with Texas, but specific policies vary widely.
Over a million students play high school football in the United States. Every day those student athletes enjoy the benefits of sports, with a small but real risk of brain injury.