MHSAA Releases Pilot Program Concussion Study
The MHSAA studied and tracked head injuries at its member schools across the 2015-16 seasons in athletics and this week released its findings to the public.
Some highlights for you if you don't fell like reading the whole thing:
There were a total of 4,452 head injuries reported (at a 99% rate of reporting among schools under the MHSAA's jurisdiction), equating to roughly 6 head injuries per school. With over 280,000 athletes competing (multi sport athletes count for more than one in this number) that equals roughly 1.6% of athletes who suffered a concussion in 2015-16. Boys suffered concussions at about a 2:1 ratio compared to girls.
The top 5 sports for concussions suffered is 11-man football (49/1000 players), Ice Hockey (38/1000), 8-man football (34/1000), Girl's Soccer (30/1000) and Girl's Basketball (29/1000). Interestingly in sports where boys and girls play under similar rules (Basketball, Baseball/Softball, Soccer etc.) female athletes reported significantly more concussions than their male counterparts.
From the MHSAA press release: "Schools report possible concussions online via the MHSAA Website. Reports are then examined by members of the MHSAA staff, who follow up with school administrators as those student-athletes continue to receive care and eventually return to play. Student privacy is protected."