MHSAA Releases 2018-19 Concussion Survey Findings
The Michigan High School Athletic Association released its findings from its 2018-19 student-athlete concussion survey on Thursday.
The survey found 3,686 head injuries were encountered by student-athletes at MHSAA member high schools – an increase of 3.0% more than 2017-18. The total number of injuries per schools was also 4.9.
Male student-athletes experienced 65% of the concussion injuries in 2018-19 with 2,404. More than half of the head injuries occurred at the varsity level.
The survey found that 82% of student-athletes were removed from the competition following a head injury.
“The 2018-19 concussion survey further reinforced the findings and trends we have seen emerge; not only in specific sports, but across all of our activities – and this latest set of results also raises new questions,” said MHSAA Executive Director Mark Uyl in a release. “We must continue to look at how changes to playing rules and improvements in equipment may be beneficial moving forward, and also how we can further educate administrators, coaches, athletes and parents to identify and provide treatment for these injuries as soon as possible. We also are excited for the opportunity to have more eyes on these results as we continue to explore more ways to make our games safer.”
Eleven and 8-player football combined saw the most head injuries, with 44 head injuries per 1,000 participants. The 44 head injuries is an increase of three from 2017-18, but the same as the 2016-17 numbers and down from five with 49 in 2015-16. Hockey saw the second most head injuries with 35 for every 1,000 participants. Girls soccer was third with 25 injuries per 1,000 participants and wrestling with 22 head injuries per 1,000 participants.
For girls sports, lacrosse, competitive cheerleading and basketball revealed 20 head injuries per 1,000 participants.
Boys lacrosse (16), boys soccer (14), girls volleyball (11), softball (11) and gymnastics (10) also had double-digit head injuries per 1,000 participants.