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Concussion and Injury Surveillance in Youth Football Players

The goal of this study is to work with the Northwest Junior Football League (NJFL) and study how young athletes involved in football recover after concussion.

This is a descriptive, longitudinal (over a length of time) study that will examine the rate of concussions in youth participating in the Northwest Junior Football League (NJFL) and risk factors for concussion, such as prior injury or prior medical and mental health problems. This study will also examine the rate of persistent symptoms and the risk factors for symptoms.

casestudyThe researchers will coordinate with the NJFL to annually recruit league participants into the study. Each year, enrollees and their parents will complete a baseline survey at the start of the football season. If an enrollee has a concussion during the season, s/he and their parents will complete several more surveys during the six months following the injury.

Certified Athletic Trainers will log more than 600 hours in the Fall of 2017 at Northwest Junior Football games to provide care and accurate tracking of concussion assessments.

Certified Athletic Trainers will be onsite at six fields each week of the football season to provide care to all players and ensure accurate tracking of concussion assessments.

The UW Medicine Sports Health and Safety Institute is proud to partner with our colleagues on this important work.