High school football is being put under the magnifying glass, especially
in Hawaii, out of concerns that it might be a leading cause of teenage
head injuries. In particular, studies and research are being conducted to link football to
concussions in hopes to develop better ways to prevent such injuries.
The University of Hawaii (UH) carried out its own study recently that looked
at reports of head injuries from several high schools around the state.
According to the information gathered by the researchers, in the fall
season alone, 613 Hawaiian high schoolers suffered some sort of head injury,
and just over 50% of those were in part of a football team. This data
suggests that if high school football required stricter safety measures
or was suspended altogether, a dramatic drop in youth brain injuries would occur.
The Problem Could Be Worse Than It Appears
A report from
KHON2 looked further into the UH study data, which sorted the number of injuries
per school. Mililani reported the most head injuries within the 3-month
study period, coming in at 41. Other schools – like Kaiser –
only reported 3. The investigative team at
KHON2 wanted to know why there was such a noticeable disparity between the top
and the bottom of the list.
One clear explanation was the number of high schoolers per school on a
football team. Mililani is one of the larger high schools in Hawaii and,
thus, has more football players per capita than many other schools. If
this reasoning stands up to further studies, it would suggest that head
injuries are essentially an integrated part of high school football, something
that cannot be avoided entirely due to the nature of the sport itself.
However, some believe the smaller numbers in the data set could be caused
by missing reports. Students that do not want to be removed from the team
might choose to not speak up about head injury symptoms, such as chronic
headaches or insomnia. Another scenario would be high schools intentionally
keeping head injury reports private and out of researcher hands. This
is, of course, unverified but certainly a possibility. Overall, it would
appear that head injuries suffered by high schoolers is problem that is
bigger than anyone thought.
Honest Representation for Head Injury Cases
Our Honolulu personal injury attorneys at Leavitt, Yamane & Soldner
have been serving the people of Hawaii since 1971. Throughout this time,
we have built a strong reputation as a compassionate and knowledgeable
law firm that can get
real results for our clients. If your child has been hurt while playing high
school football, let us know during a
free case evaluation and we can let you know if you have a valid claim to pursue compensation.