Date: February 9, 2019

Lasting Impact

All 50 states and Washington D.C. have laws to protect high school athletes from concussions. Are they keeping kids safe? We tell the story of a star quarterback in Oregon whose school followed protocol, but concussions caught up with him in a way no one saw coming. Plus, a visit to a community that believes the benefits of football are worth the risk of concussions.


How does your state stack up on concussion laws?


Rattled: Oregon’s Concussion Discussion by our partners Investigate West and Pamplin Media group


  • offers facts, information, resources, and support for preventing, treating, and living with traumatic brain injuries, including children and sports concussions.
  • A powerful GQ story about a high school football player who committed suicide.
  • Frontline documentary League of Denial investigates what the NFL knew about concussions and when.
  • The National Federation of State High School Associations tracks sports participation and sets rules, including rules that aim to reduce concussions
  • Laws in all 50 states generally require students with suspected concussions be pulled from play. Several national laws were introduced last year in Congress, including this, which would require schools to provide physical and academic support for recovery, as well as publish concussion information, and this, focused on data collection