High School sports and brain injuries can be a very big problem for students, parents and school officials alike. Preventing injuries to students who participate in high school sports is a major concern for the community. There is an inherent risk of injury in such competitive sport programs such as football, hockey, soccer and wrestling. According to a study done by the Institute of Medicine, the risk of concussion type brain injuries may be much higher amongst high school children, than even at the college level. High school coaches and trainers are acutely aware of this problem, and it is their responsibility to work with the families of the students and the school officials, to make sure that injuries are kept to a minimum.
A committee formed by the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council reviewed the issues concerning sports related concussion brain injuries amongst minors starting with elementary school through college. The committee has recommended that further funding and research on this issue needs to be done in order to pinpoint areas where a reduction of these types of injuries for children involved in sports activities in our schools may be achieved.