Should school districts ban contact sports with potential for concussions?

Youth sports – especially in schools – have been under scrutiny for player safety issues in the last few years, especially when talking about concussions. With the NCAA, NFL, and state legislatures reevaluating the safety of their players, use this module to bring the conversation from the locker room to the classroom.


New California Football Law Tackles Brain Injuries Head-On

College Football Players Aware Of Concussion Threat As They Prepare For Season

Additional resources to think about

New Law Aims to Reduce Concussion Risks in Student Athletes 

In 2014, Connecticut took a step toward ensuing parents, coaches, and student-athletes understand how to identify and manage concussions. In July of 2015, that law took effect helping schools around the state stay safe when their students take the field.

Are Concussions Deadly?

Folks talk a lot about concussions as an injury, but what is the science behind a concussion? How does a concussion happen? This video from Braincraft helps show what a concussion actually is, and what happens to someone who suffers from one.

What happens when you have a concussion?

Each year in the United States, players of sports and recreational activities receive between 2.5 and 4 million concussions. How dangerous are all those concussions? The answer is complicated and lies in how the brain responds when something strikes it. Clifford Robbins explains the science behind concussions.


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