As a player, Hoover High School football Coach Andrew Policky shrugged off headaches and injuries to become a stalwart wide receiver. A graduate of Arcadia High in 1998, he never once thought to go over to a trainer when he “got his bell rung” on the field.
But that was then, and now, “there is protocol in place.”
That protocol — not allowing student athletes to play through what could be a concussion — has taken a more prominent role on sports fields in recent years as more research continues to show just how fragile young craniums can be.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, the number of brain injuries in teenagers is between 1.6 to 3.8 million per year — with the vast majority of those, studies show, occurring on the football field.