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Change to kickoff rule linked with reduced concussion rates among football players

Orthopedics Today features a perspective piece by Warren K. Young, MD, primary care sports medicine physician at HSS, looking at a study that found a reduction in concussions among Ivy League football players after a kickoff rule change.

Dr. Young writes that the study is strong as it compares concussion rates in a single football league with a high player participation rate. 

"Ultimately, the way to best improve sport safety will be multi-factorial. However, this study suggest rule changes may decrease concussion rates and improve the safety of the game. More studies like this and the epidemiology study that identified kickoffs as high risk for concussion would help to further our understanding and continue to make the game safer at all levels," added Dr. Young.

This article appeared in the December 2018 print issue.