The risk of head injuries and heat stroke in high school football players has been well chronicled, but perhaps never more thoroughly or in-depth as in a PBS Frontline documentary which aired for the first time Tuesday night. Featuring experts from across sports and sport science, including RivalsHigh's own Dallas Jackson, Football High chronicles an entire preseason and season of high school football, focusing on the state of Arkansas. It also shines a particularly bright spotlight on Shiloh (Ark.) High, the state's prestigious powerhouse program.
While the documentary raised any number of questions, a post-show chat (starting at noon, ET on Wednesday) with University of Connecticut Athletic Trainer Doug Casa, Purdue Associate Professor Tom Talavage and producers of the documentary will continue the discussion on the issues raised in the documentary, which is now available in full online here.
We here at Prep Rally asked some questions ourselves, but we also hope you chimed in during the Cover it Live chat below:
You can read a full recap of the chat above, with focused predominantly on heat stroke and how improvements on how schools handle it and other health risks in high school football can help make young athletes safer.