Keeping kids safe during the fall sports season

Fall and football go hand in hand.
Published: Aug. 12, 2022 at 11:07 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Fall and football go hand in hand. Unfortunately, football, as does all sports, carries with it the prospect of getting injured.

One of the more common of those injuries is concussions. According to the Brain Injury Research Institute, every year football accounts for an estimated 60% of all concussions.

While no one ever hopes for a concussion there are ways to prepare for one.

“Being tested before the activity begins, can act as a reference point for if an injury does occur then being able to follow up with repeat testing,” Neurosurgeon Dr. Scott Bell said.

That’s where Grand Island Senior High Athletic Trainer Todd Goshorn comes into play.

“We’ve been doing what’s called impact testing with our athletes,” Goshorn said.

Goshorn told Local4 News that testing is not only crucial in giving an indication of a concussion, but it’s also one of the many factors used in deciding when a player should hit the field again.

“I can assure every parent at Grand Island Senior High knows that their son or daughter will not be back on the playing field from a concussion until they are fully cleared,” Goshorn said.

Football is by no means alone when it comes to head injuries, soccer has its own concussion concerns.

According to Purdue University, 22% of all soccer injuries are concussions, but Dr. Scott Bell said they’re preventable by starting with good technique.

“Soccer players, keeping your eye on the ball,” Dr. Bell said. “Tackling with shoulders and arms, rather than using the helmet as a missile.”

When the inevitable injury comes, Goshorn knows he has to be there for the player emotionally, as well as, physically.

“When an athlete gets hurt, like I said, whatever it is a broken toe to a spinal cord injury, a lot of what athletic trainers have to do, not only do they evaluate the injuries but these kids are confident in your skills, we have to be very compassionate, and let them understand, everything is going to be okay,” Goshorn said.

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