Staffordshire Stallions center Evan Woolgrove has been talking about the current debate on head injuries in American Football.
Woolgrove, throughout his time playing, has had a number of injuries in the game.
“I have had about four concussions and each one was for about three weeks,” said Woolgrove.
“In my first year, I blew my knee out. I had to have ACL reconstructive surgery which meant I couldn’t play for a year.”
Participation levels of American Football in the UK has been on the rise over the past couple of years at all levels, and Woolgrove believes that the injuries are not a factor.
“I don’t actually think that head injuries damages the participation that much.
“If you are a new to the sport, a lot of the players don’t know the risks of concussion that you can have and how common it can be,” Woolgrove added.
“When players put on the pads, they get a sense of being invincible when they are really not.”
Playing with the Stallions in Uniball, an American Football league for universities, Woolgrove thinks that improper technique in compromising positions is the main contributor to these injuries in all levels of the sport.
“When going into a game, there’s always that one in one hundred chance of getting hit the wrong way which in our league is probably quite common.
“The proper technique isn’t up there with everything else. If I get hit in the wrong way, my knee might go or I might get another concussion.”
Head injuries is one of the main problems that players must face when playing the sport.
A number of studies of the impact of concussion have been carried out in the USA.