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Combating concussions under 'Friday Night Lights'

3 years 9 months 3 weeks ago September 03, 2013 Sep 3, 2013 Tuesday, September 03 2013 September 03, 2013 1:17 PM in HS Sports
Source: WBRZ
By: Rob Krieger

ST. AMANT- The days of ignored head injuries on the football field are long gone, and with the new age of awareness about concussions comes new techniques to keep players safe.

St. Amant's head coach David Oliver has changed the way his players practice, to reduce the amount of impact.

"We can still have a great football team, we can still have a physical football team, we just have to manage the hits we have in a practice setting, and the type of hits in a practice setting, because research will tell you this is from a cumulative effect, not just a game situation," said Oliver.

The team also purchased $3 clips which secure the helmet and ensure each player has the right fit.

But even with new technology and techniques, it's difficult to avoid contact altogether. It's why Jordan Klibert is spending his practices in the training room, recovering from an concussion.

"I hit helmet to helmet," said Klibert, "immediately I started feeling migraines and headaches. I didn't know where I was, I started getting really dizzy."

Klibert was pulled from practice and given time away from school and sports to recover. Now he's taking impact tests and will get consultations from the team doctor, before returning to the field. It's part of a process he feels is making him a better player overall.

"It's helping us become more understanding about injuries and seeing the risks and factors that it can take in an injury compared to 20 years ago," said Klibert.

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