High school football parents talk safety, concerns about injuries

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PHOENIX, Ariz. -- Three high school football players in other states are dead after injuries connected to the game. The timing is coincidental, but football parents are keeping a closer eye on the action on the field.

3TV's Fields Moseley talked to some parents about it at Hamilton High School Thursday night, where the team was taking on its rival, Chandler High School.

Football can be an intense game, and sometimes kids get hurt. Parents say they worry, but they also believe the game has never been safer.

But it's a topic that's never far from the mind of a football parent.

"Does it give you pause when you think about those kids with medical problems or concussions? It does," admits mom Debbie Lane. "My older son played here for four years and graduated two years ago. He had a couple of concussions."

Since games took place last weekend, three high school football players have died in Alabama, North Carolina and New York. Two of the players suffered head injuries.

Those states and situations seem far away. But these days, parents are acutely aware of the dangers.

We asked dad Jim Strickland if he would ever hesitate to have his son play football? "I'd be fibbing you if I said I wouldn't hesitate. When you really look at the science and what's behind it, the game of football is here to stay. The game of football has never been safer."
   
Knowing that some boys will play the game no matter what, students and staff all have training about the symptoms of head injury. And as hard as it might be, that's where they place their trust.

Attention to the dangers of concussions has been prodded along by legal action. A 2011 law requires coaches to remove a player if they think he has a concussion. And the players and even many parents go through their own course about brain injury.