MHSAA releases preliminary concussion numbers

A brain scan showing a concussion. (AP file photo)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The Michigan High School Athletic Association says that there were about three concussions per school during the fall sports season — and not surprisingly, football players sustained the most concussions.

Ninety-nine percent of Michigan schools — 744 of them — reported concussion numbers from the start of the fall sports season through Dec. 4 to the MHSAA. Preliminary numbers show there have been about 2,380 concussions reported statewide. That breaks down to about 3.2 concussions per school. Two percent of some 100,000 high school athletes experienced a concussion.

Seventy-nine percent of those concussions were reported in football, the fall season’s most-played sport. Boys soccer had the second most with 11 percent.

This is the first year that MHSAA is collecting concussion data statewide, so there are no numbers from the 2014-2015 to compare with the figures released Wednesday.

“As we combine all of this information and collect it year after year, we begin to get data that is very useful to those who write the playing rules for school sports, for those who make the protective equipment for school sports, and for organizations like us who develop the practices and procedures for practices and competition,” MHSAA Executive Director Jack Roberts said.

MHSAA will continue collecting data throughout the school year and will have final numbers once it ends.



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