This week, high school football player Tom Cutinella was laid to rest. The 16-year-old from Long Island died while blocking for a teammate during a football game.
Cutinella was the third high school football player to die in one week. Another player from Alabama collapsed after making a tackle, and a player in North Carolina collapsed while warming up for a game.
In 2013, eight high school football players were killed as a direct result of playing, and half of the injuries occurred during games, according to the Annual Survey of Football Injury Research. Three-quarters of those deaths were caused by brain injuries.
Concussions Don’t Have to Be Fatal to Do Damage.