Indiana schools are reporting student athletes experienced more than 1,200 concussion-related events during the five-month fall athletic season.
Reporting concussions to the Indiana High School Athletic Association is still voluntary and about half of Indiana public high schools did so for the fall season.
Chris Kaufman is the assistant commissioner of the IHSAA. He says the events reported can include anything from headaches to full-blown concussions.
“Some of those people go back to participate in the same day," Kaufman says. "Some are put back in to play in less than 30 days. Some are held out more than 30 days, and that’s kind of what we’re tracking right now.”
Kaufman says the majority of the concussive-events reported were in football. Others sports with high numbers included soccer and basketball.
This is the first year the IHSAA has asked schools to report the data.