Buffalo, NY -- This week, the New York Attorney General issued a consumer alert warning parents about the dangers of concussion risks for young football players and to remind everyone that no helmet is concussion proof.
Thursday, Channel 2 visited one Buffalo high school to find out how the football coach handles head injuries.
"I've had kids where the trainer has said it's time for you to come and sit out, and that's what we did. Had them sit out," says McKinley Football Coach Ed Wilson. "Parents should know what's going on and be aware of things that are going on with their athletes with their kids, you know, their children. That's what I would want with my kids."
As soon as one of Wilson's players takes a hit to the head, the player is immediately taken off the field to see the trainer. The trainer makes the call as to whether the player goes back in the game.
"Just like when I was in the military. Whatever the doc says, that's what we're going with," says Wilson.
Dr. Jason Matuszak says parents can also play a role in deciding whether their child should continue to play.
"Sometimes they will be able to see that their kids might get up and go to the wrong huddle, or just not know which direction to line up in, or which way to run the play. They might be complaining of headaches, or they might be complaining of upset stomach, dizziness, trouble paying attention, fogginess," says Matuszak.
At that point, Matuszak suggests parents take immediate action.
With the attorney general's warning that no helmet is concussion proof, Matuszak says helmet technology has improved over the years.
"The studies have shown that high school football players, on average, get 500 to 600 blows to the head of at least 22 Gs of force during the course of a season. If you're a lineman, it could be 1500 to 1600 of those blows to the head. That's why we think a lot of these things can be hidden for a long period of time of a repetitive impact phenomena that the results aren't seen for years," says Matuszak.
And that is why hundreds of NFL players recently sued the league.
For now, Wilson has this advice for his young players.
"Don't keep it to yourself, don't try to shake it off. Just go. It's better to be safe than sorry," says Wilson.
State law requires players be removed from play until they don't have any symptoms of a concussion for a minimum of 24 hours and have written approval from their doctor to return to play.