WASHINGTON, DC -
High school athletes preparing to take the field during the upcoming football playoffs have more to worry about than their opponents.
These young players are twice as likely to suffer a concussion then college athletes.
A national conference in DC Friday focused on ways to prevent brain injuries.
Leading the charge, former Surgeon General David Satcher who says there needs to be a culture change before more kids suffer brain injuries they won't recover from.
" We celebrate violence in sports. We celebrate head to head contact. We got to have a culture where we way the brain is too important," Satcher says.
Satcher and his group have launched a two year initiative to study concussion prevention.. and best practices for treating them.
A move applauded by parents at Blair High School's Senior Night game against Whitman High.
" This year they did pre-screening, " Carla Blue says. Her son Darryl is Blair's star Receiver.
"You know where they start and you'll know if something changes and this coaching staff has been amazing," she says.
"I think it's a great thing. The more education the kids get about concussions, the more they learn to police themselves and report problems." Jean Taylor says. Her son James had a concussion last season and couldn't play for two weeks.
" Now he knows what one feels like and he can tell us if he needs help," Taylor says.
Satcher and the other experts behind this initiative are hoping to have nationwide protocols for concussion prevention in place within two years.
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