Sep 29, 2017

Male high school athletes injured more than 600,000 times per year

Kirkwood quarterback BJ Buckner, left, dives for a first down during the Missouri Class 5 state high school football championship. Photo: Jeff Roberson/AP

Yale researchers discovered that if contact sports were made to be non-contact, there would be an annual 601,900 fewer injuries among male high school athletes, and 49,600 fewer among male college athletes, according to the New York Times.

Why it matters: With these fewer injuries, high schools could save $19.2 billion per year, and colleges could save $1.5 billion per year; that accounts for "only the immediate consequences of an injury...not the long-term effects."

The problem: High school athletes are "more prone to injuries," NYT reports, due to physical immaturity and having "less experienced coaches." Some private high schools are forgoing football all together to avoid "the economic cost of these serious injuries."

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