Ohio toughens rules for football players with concussion symptoms

Doctor: How kids can stay safe while playing football

(FOX19) - The risks of youth football continue to make national headlines and spark debates inside the homes of families across America.

Just last week, a football player at Nagel was flown to the hospital after a helmet to helmet collision during a game at Milford High School.  He is expected to make a full recovery.

Now national magazines are taking on the issue.  Time Magazine and Sports Illustrated are working together to tell the story of 16-year-old Chad Stover, a Missouri football player who died after a traumatic brain injury during a game.

According to the CDC, visits to the ER for traumatic brain injuries in children increased by 60 percent over the last decade. In fact, boys between the ages of 10 and 19 made up 71 percent of the emergency room visits. The rates are highest for football, followed by girls soccer.

In Ohio, a new law was passed last April to protect student athletes.  It states if athletes show any signs or symptoms of a concussion, they must be removed from the game or practice immediately. The child will not be able to return to play on that same day under any circumstance. The child can't return until they are evaluated by a doctor or has written permission from a medical professional.

Tonight on FOX19 NOW at 10 p.m., does the type of helmet your child wears on the field make a difference when it comes to protecting them? A recent study released by the Virginia Tech Wake Forest University school of biomedical engineering rates football helmets based on their ability to reduce the risk of concussion.

FOX 19 Investigates requested the football helmets used by dozens of local high schools and compiled the information for parents. FOX19 NOW's Amy Wagner discovered that several of the helmets found in local schools are only considered adequate.

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