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Severe head impacts more likely among skilled positions in youth football

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Although all youth football players frequently sustain head impacts during both games and practices, players in skilled positions – including the quarterback, running back, and linebacker – are most likely to experience high-magnitude head impacts with greater opportunity for concussion.

“Exposure to head impacts in football has been shown to result in neurocognitive and brain changes, even in the absence of clinically diagnosed concussion,” Steven Rowson, PhD, from the department of biomedical engineering and mechanics at Virginia Tech, and colleagues wrote. “Most research quantifying head impact exposure in football has focused on high school, collegiate or professional populations, despite the fact that youth football players represent 70% of all players in the United States.”

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