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By On November 19th, 2013

Six High School Football Players Have Died From Brain or Neck Injuries This Year

High School Football Game in Texas

Source: Colby Ellis

The great majority of the concussion controversy in football focuses on the NFL, but a Buzzfeed report on the number of teenagers who have died from brain or neck injuries sustained playing football this year is terrifying.

Last week we reported the news that 17-year-old Hopi High School student Charles Youvella died from a traumatic brain injury suffered during a game days earlier. He scored his team’s only touchdown of the game, but minutes later was tackled in what appeared to be a “normal” play. It was during that tackle that Youvella suffered the brain injury which would end his life.

Then, on Thursday, Chad Stover, a young high school football player from Missouri died two weeks after suffering a brain injury during a football game. Sadly, Stover and Youvella are not the only young athletes we have lost this year to brain injuries.

A study published in 2012 at the University of North Carolina reported that 25 high school football players died between 2003 and 2012 from injuries directly related to football (exclusing issues like heat stroke). That averages out to 2.5 a year, but this year we have nearly tripled that number. Including Youvella and Stover, six high school football players have died this year from head or neck injuries. Buzzfeed collected information on the other four players:

 

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