Over 1,200 Concussions Reported For Indiana High School Athletes

The Indiana High School Athletic Association says schools reported more than 1,200 concussions among athletes taking part in the five-month fall sports season. Football players suffered nearly 70 percent of the concussions, followed by girls and boys soccer players. This is the first year of the IHSAA's voluntary system for reporting concussions, so the group doesn't have any comparison figures. Concussion reports were submitted by nearly half of the association's 410 schools. The IHSAA Commissioner says more attention is needed on girls soccer and basketball since those sports are being played faster and without head protection. Some of the injuries came as surprises to the association, such as swimmers suffering concussions from hitting their heads on pool walls.