Athletic trainer: Risk of Injury always there

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - There's been a lot of recent talk in Texoma about the safety of football.

The National Center for Catastrophic Sports Injury research shows last year there were three deaths directly related to football.

Two of them were high school players and one was in semi-professional football.

Scott Anderson, University of Oklahoma's head athletic trainer, said when it comes to safety it is not only about the equipment.

"Beyond equipment, it only comes down to technique, rules of enforcement and then the behavioral action on the part of the player," Anderson said.

Wichita Falls High School athletic trainer, Dale Russell, said player's safety is their number one concern no matter what.

"Most importantly it is technique. Coach's across the nation have improved teaching tackling technique," Russell said. "The issue is you can teach technique all day long but in a sport like football there is going to be times where a person's body gets knocked out of position and there really isn't anything you can do to prevent that," Russell said.

Russell said they always let the students' parents know if they participate in football it is almost a 100-percent injury rate. At some point, they will get hurt.

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