That’s the conclusion of a joint report released today by The Institute of Medicine and National Research Council. A panel of medical experts found that concussion rates were higher in high school-aged athletes who played football, baseball, men’s soccer and lacrosse than for college athletes who play those sports.
The report finds that the average collage football player experiences 6.3 concussions per 1,000 athletic exposures, a number that includes all practices and games. Meanwhile, the average high school football player will see a concussion rate almost twice as high, 11.2 concussions per 1,000 athletic exposures.
The study was funded by the Centers for Disease Control Foundation and the NFL Foundation.