Alabama Works to Prevent Football Injuries in High Schools

By: Demetria McClenton Email
By: Demetria McClenton Email

Football is the most popular contact sport in high schools across America.
When the physical roughness becomes too much, it can create a dangerous or even deadly situation.
"This is a contact sport and people are going to get hit," said Dothan High School’s Head Football Coach, Kelvis White.
On Friday, Smiths Station High School’s Defensive Back, Travis Banks, took a hard hit.
Fans waited on pins and needles, hoping he hadn't broken his neck as he was carried off the field by paramedics in an ambulance.
After a big hit, most athletes want to continue to play and "tough it out".
Health officials say this is where it gets dangerous because athletes are ignoring the symptoms that could trigger cardiac arrest."
Dr. Webber with AllSouth Urgent Care says, "Some of the symptoms of cardiac arrest are dizziness, fainting, forgetting things."
Coach White has two players who have had concussions.
Defensive End, B.J. Jones was hit during practice last month and is out for the season.
Jones has to wear a brace, but he's still supporting his team.
“We have videos and workshops on what to do with people with concussions."
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The state of Alabama requires athletes to have a physical exam before they are allowed to play each season.
But some feel the exam is not thorough enough.
"There could be more extensive tests done," said Dr. Webber.
As for Travis Banks, he now has full motion in his body and only suffers from a broken ankle.
Sudden death in football players occurs in 1 out of 200,000 thousand athletes each year.

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