California Sees Drop In High School Football Players Amid Concussion Concerns

Source: sacramento.cbslocal.com | Re-Post Duerson Fund 8/9/2017 – 

While the number of students playing high school sports in California is at an all-time high, football teams are seeing a drop in the number of players, according to the California Interscholastic Federation.

The CIF says more parents are becoming aware of the effects of concussions, including brain damage and memory loss.

Coaches across the Sacramento region are required to be certified in concussion training, but despite protections, some parents are sweeping their children into less-dangerous sports.

“I think the level of play can be too intense,” said Debbie Corbett.

Corbett used to be a football mom; her two sons grew up playing the high-contact sport. She says it’s a decision she now regrets.

“I wouldn’t do it again,” she said.

Corbett isn’t alone. Parents across the state are pulling their children out of their school football teams. The CIF says that’s been the trend for the last few years.

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