PBS Frontline: Football High

Just finished watching the Frontline TV magazine show from PBS about high school football.  Link to FULL VIDEO (53 minutes).  A very smart and “eye-opening” piece for those that do not know much about the inner workings of high school football.  The episode dealt with concussions, athletic training, and heat illness, all within the guidelines of winning at the high school level.  The information was nothing new to any of us that deal with ALL of those things as a professional.  What it showed everyone else is the “scary” side of this beloved sport.  However, a lot of these issues can be attenuated with an athletic trainer on the sidelines.

The focus was mainly on the unknown/unseen dangers of the sport we watch and in which we participate, starting with the reporting of the heat strokes of two Arkansas prep players, one of which succumbed to the injury.  They compared the two individuals in terms of immediate treatment for heat stroke.  One player was on a high school team that has an athletic trainer, and the other is not.  The outcomes were vastly different as the player who had an athletic trainer was evaluated and had managed care survived, and even played later in the season after three weeks in the hospital.  The other player, who did not have an athletic trainer, paid the ultimate price and was unable to survive the injury.

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