FOR MANY AREA FOOTBALL PLAYERS, FOOTBALL TWO-A-DAYS HAVE ALREADY BEGAN OR ARE ABOUT TO BEGIN. WHILE HEAT AND EXHAUSTION IS A PRIMARY SAFETY CONCERN, THERE IS NO HIGHER CONCERN THAN PLAYERS SUSTANING A CONCUSSION. PARAGOULD SENIOR HIGH BEGAN TESTING ITS STUDENTS' EYESIGHT THIS WEEK. THE GOAL IS TO KEEP *INJURED PLAYERS FROM BEING PUT BACK IN THE GAME.
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL SEASON IS JUST A FEW WEEKS AWAY. FRIDAY NIGHTS ACROSS THE REGION WILL BE FILLED WITH BRIGHT LIGHTS.
PARAGOULD HIGH SCHOOL BEGAN THIS WEEK TESTING ITS ATHLETES WITH A UNIQUE EYE SCREENING.
TYLER RAWLSTON IS A JUNIOR FOOTBALL PLAY AT PARAGOULD . HE HAS ALREADY HAD ONE CONCUSION. HE WAS OUT OF ACTION FOR FOUR GAMES. HE KNOWS THE VALUE OF PLAYING IT SAFE.
"A lot of people don't want to come out of the game when they get hit in the head,...football isn't that important. In twenty years your not going to be playing football going to need that brain to get a job".
ATHLETIC TRAINER HEATH LAMB IS PUTTING HIS ENTIRE TEAM THROUGH AN EYE TEST THAT BUILDS A BASELINE SHOULD THEIR BE PLAYER SUSTAIN A CONCUSSION.
" In high school athletics there is a thing called 2nd impact syndrome. second impact syndrome. Its is where a kid sustains a concussion , If they go back out to play before that brain is fully healed and while that brain is still damage and then get a second concussion it can lead to death.
studies show that if they go back out out to play about it leads to death in about 50% of the time who sustain it,
PARGOULD HIGH SCHOOL AND GREEN COUNTY TECH ARE THE ONLY TWO TEAMS IN THE STATE USING THIS TEST. THE SOFTWARE IS INEXPENSIVE AT ABOUT $15-HUNDRED DOLLARS. THE FOUNDATION AT ARKANSAS METHEDIST MEDICAL CENTER PICKED UP THE TAB.
"Coaches feel more confident.. instead of being more subjective or just going on what thee athlete says they feel,.....We actually have some hard concrete data. That they can see and say ohhh, that is pretty significant?
That gives them a little better peace of mind that their student athletic is being taken care of.
Lamb says that all athletes at Paragould are tested with the eye exam. He says more than 30 students from all sports sustained concussions last year. That number was down slightly from previous years.