Start of high school football brings concern over concussions


(WJHL) – Friday nights under the lights- a time to make some of the best memories.

But with football season starting back up, the threat of concussions is on people’s minds.

Washington County Johnson City EMS says “it happens in all sports, football, you see it obviously a little more.”

They send paramedics to each game and The TSSAA recently tweeted out a free course for students to take to better understand the symptoms and signs of a concussion.

But paramedics say better equipment and better training has aided in the issue.

“The helmets are better, they’re teaching the athletes different techniques as far as tackling,” said Washington County Johnson City EMS.

Molly Overton agrees. Her son is a Science Hill Senior Varsity football player and she says he has been playing the sport since he was five.

“I think a lot of it has to do with that early training, he had some really terrific coaches at a young age that taught him the proper way to tackle,” Overton said.

Recently, Washington County Johnson City EMS went through some additional training with ETSU’s football trainers and they say that has aided in their efforts.

And although concussions are becoming more rare Overton says “you’re always glad when people have additional training that is going to help take care of your child.”

The Mayo Clinic identifies headaches, dizziness, fatigue and vomiting as symptoms of a concussion. To view the full list, visit their website.

TSSAA’s full concussion policy is listed on their website.

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