High School Football & Injuries

The death of Rose High School football player Jaquan Waller is touching many people all across eastern Carolina. It also has people talking about the dangers of high school sports.

According to the American Journal of Epidemiology, sports related injuries account for 46 percent of emergency department visits of 15-19 year olds.

Football coaches and Dr.'s we talked with say because football is a contact sport, there are going to be injuries.

Southwest Jacksonville football coach Phil Padgett says while concussions on the field are rare, the do happen. But he says sprained ankles are the most frequent injury.

Dr Joel McClurg is an orthopedic surgeon in Jacksonville who treats many high school athletes. He says the most important things for athletes is to be well conditioned before the start of season to decrease the rate of injury.

Jaquan Waller is the third high school football player to die in the state this year. One died from a brain injury during a game. Another was at home after practice when he said he wasn't feeling well and later died.

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