BREAKING NEWS Austinville Elementary School going virtual on Monday following coronavirus case among office staff Full Story
STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

Pisgah coach talks concussions after study shows they’re on the rise in football

Data shows football is one of the highest concussion-prone sports.

Posted: Oct 15, 2019 10:06 PM
Updated: Oct 15, 2019 10:38 PM

A new study found that overall, concussions in high school sports have gone down. However, specifically for football players, they're on the rise.

This comes as a student-athlete in Pisgah is recovering from a concussion sustained during his last varsity football game. The new data shows football is one of the highest concussion-prone sports.

"He hits the surface and his head kind of bounces pretty good, and he tries to get up, but then he goes down," Pisgah High School's head football coach, Luke Pruitt, said.

That's what Pruitt said happened just before one of his players had to be airlifted to Huntsville Hospital with a serious concussion.

"I knew by him laying there, face down, it was not good," he said.

A week later, that player is doing alright. He has to wear sunglasses outside, he's going to the doctor and he's taking a break from football until he gets the okay.

Pruitt said the concussion rattled some of the Eagle family.

"He had to get an IV on the field. It's the first time I'd ever seen that happen, and as a coach, you're trying to keep your emotions in check because you've got people around you," he said.

This isn't Pisgah High School Football's first concussion during play, but the coach said it's the most serious he's seen. New data shows their team isn't alone.

Boys' football sees the most concussions with ten per 10,000 players. Girls' soccer comes in second with eight per 10,000. Boys' ice hockey comes in third with 7.6 per 10,000.

Pruitt said to keep his kids safe, if a player shows symptoms or has a bad hit, they'll call for medical help. They also make sure their players have the right helmets and are checking their gear.

"This is a contact sport. We try to give them the best helmets, the best shoulder pads on the market today," Pruitt said.

The CDC says more than 800,000 traumatic brain injury-related emergency room visits, hospitalizations and deaths happen in children every year. The study showed cheerleading is the only sport where you're more likely to get a concussion during practice.

Huntsville
Clear
67° wxIcon
Hi: 82° Lo: 65°
Feels Like: 67°
Florence
Clear
67° wxIcon
Hi: 82° Lo: 65°
Feels Like: 67°
Fayetteville
Clear
66° wxIcon
Hi: 84° Lo: 64°
Feels Like: 66°
Decatur
Clear
64° wxIcon
Hi: 80° Lo: 63°
Feels Like: 64°
Scottsboro
Broken Clouds
68° wxIcon
Hi: 80° Lo: 65°
Feels Like: 68°
WAAY Radar
WAAY WAAY-TV Cam
WAAY Temperatures

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 134231

Reported Deaths: 2357
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Jefferson19676351
Mobile13373292
Montgomery8834184
Tuscaloosa8621118
Madison788178
Shelby597849
Lee589760
Baldwin547750
Marshall394343
Calhoun351544
Etowah349045
Morgan329228
Houston290321
Elmore266748
DeKalb241621
St. Clair232235
Walker231684
Talladega216629
Limestone210120
Cullman189920
Dallas179026
Franklin177129
Autauga176425
Russell17603
Lauderdale171333
Colbert164626
Blount161115
Escambia160824
Chilton158530
Jackson157511
Covington140127
Dale138644
Coffee13486
Pike119810
Chambers116442
Tallapoosa116085
Clarke109116
Marion96429
Butler91239
Barbour8827
Winston74412
Marengo72020
Pickens66214
Bibb65410
Lowndes65327
Randolph64713
Hale63528
Geneva6254
Lawrence62023
Cherokee60813
Bullock60414
Monroe5898
Clay5858
Washington55713
Perry5416
Crenshaw53732
Conecuh53511
Wilcox53111
Henry5055
Macon48018
Fayette4578
Sumter43819
Cleburne3805
Lamar3672
Choctaw34712
Greene30315
Coosa1713
Out of AL00
Unassigned00

Tennessee Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 190891

Reported Deaths: 2374
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Shelby30755458
Davidson26474306
Hamilton944394
Knox937879
Rutherford929389
Williamson525236
Sumner481998
Wilson347645
Putnam331540
Montgomery307044
Unassigned29495
Bradley293417
Out of TN289627
Madison287764
Sevier262315
Blount251624
Maury236124
Washington229736
Robertson221035
Sullivan216433
Hamblen191426
Tipton181819
Gibson165823
Trousdale16577
Hardeman157026
Wayne14975
Dyer137014
Bedford134517
Dickson125715
Coffee123613
Cumberland120118
Weakley118919
Fayette118819
Henderson118124
Anderson117913
Loudon11726
Obion117110
Carter116828
Greene115644
Jefferson111914
McMinn111925
Warren10617
Macon105521
Lawrence104313
Monroe103618
Hardin103016
Lauderdale98316
Franklin9699
Haywood96921
Lake9192
Roane8954
Carroll88920
McNairy88318
Bledsoe8544
White8379
Rhea83412
Hawkins81218
Cheatham80710
Marshall7565
Cocke7469
Overton7456
Smith72311
Johnson7112
Chester63210
Henry6259
Lincoln6191
Giles60717
Hickman5858
DeKalb56614
Crockett53819
Marion5298
Decatur5207
Fentress5053
Campbell4464
Claiborne4425
Polk38810
Grainger3763
Union3591
Benton3369
Jackson3265
Morgan3173
Grundy2915
Cannon2860
Unicoi2861
Humphreys2513
Sequatchie2332
Clay2265
Meigs2263
Houston2203
Scott2142
Stewart2042
Lewis2011
Moore1751
Van Buren1660
Perry1500
Pickett1162
Hancock1063

Community Events