Concussion-safety top of mind as high school football kicks off in Kansas

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GARDEN PLAIN, Kan. (KWCH) With the first week of high school football kicking off Friday night, lots of families and fans will be cheering on their favorite team.

Cheney Cardinals athletic director Todd Hague says he's also keeping an eye on the health of players.

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Just last week, the Kansas High School Athletics Association (KSHSAA) released the number of concussions recorded for the 2018-2019 school year.

There were 2,100 concussions from grades 7 through 12 in the state.

The activities were ranked by incidents with football at 6-percent, soccer at 3-percent, wrestling overall is nearly 3-percent, cheer with 2-percent and girls basketball with 2-percent.

Hague says technology and awareness of concussions has helped reduce the risks but there's no guarantee of eliminating all concussions.

"We'll never eliminate all risks, but it's safer to play football, it's safer to play any sport now than it was 5, 10, 15, 20 years ago just because of the knowledge and awareness and the measure that we have in place," said Hague.

He says he's glad KSHSAA is tracking concussions because all athletic programs can use it as a tool to keep students safe.

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