About 10 years ago the dangers of concussions and their long term affects came to light that sent shockwaves through the sports community everywhere.
The sport that was affected mostly by these revelations was football. We saw new rules implemented at every level, new equipment being manufactured, everyone just scrambling to find a way to reduce concussions in a sport known for them. It also had a profound impact on youth participation in the sport. According to Aspen Institute’s Project Play, since 2016 tackle football participation for kids ages 6 through 12, has decreased 29%. But over the last decade, huge strides have been made in regards to making the game of football safer than it’s ever been, especially for kids participating in youth football.
U.P. Rehab has teamed up with Marquette County Youth Football to provide safety services, including concussion testing. With football season right around the corner it should give parents some peace of mind that everything is being done to ensure their kids playing the game they love is safer than its ever been.
Watch the video above to hear from Nicole Coleman, an athletic trainer with U.P. Rehab.
For more local sports coverage, tune into the Sports Drive with Luke Ghiardi and Tyler Young weekdays from 3 – 4 p.m. on Fox Sports Marquette 105.1 – 99.9.