DANVILLE — A movie coming out this week is drawing even more attention to concerns about head injuries in football, specifically the NFL.
The movie “Concussion” hits theaters on Friday. While its focus in on the pros, we talked with those who deal with athletes on a high school level about their thoughts on the movie, and the big concussion changes they’ve seen over the years.
“Concussion” profiles a doctor from Pittsburgh who first discovered repeated head injuries lead to a long-lasting brain condition known as CTE. It shows his struggles to convince the NFL.
The movie deals with the pros, but head injury concerns go way beyond that.
“There’s no question it’s on the forefront in all areas of football and because of that, the game’s probably the safest it’s ever been,” said Southern Columbia head coach Jim Roth.
Coach Roth’s Southern Columbia Tigers just won their record seventh state championship on Saturday.
Over the years, Roth has seen dramatic changes in high school football when it comes to head injuries.
Equipment and tackling techniques have improved, and Southern was among the early schools to get athletic trainers