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Safety Concerns for High School Athletes
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on October 07, 2013 @ 10:09PM
Created on October 07, 2013 @ 6:25PM

Many people are talking about safety concerns regarding high school athletes following the tragic death of Dylan Jeffries.

For years player safety has been a focus for high schools across the country. Research has shown the effects head injuries have on kids can be dangerous and school officials are doing more to prevent athletes from returning too early.

Experts say most children compete without any long term negative effects, but some could be putting themselves at risk.

Some local residents believe injuries will always be a part of sports and they're not very concerned.

Harrison County resident Tiffany Siders said, "I come from a family of all boys and we've never had any serious injuries. We know it's out there, but with the right coach and other people around it's not really a concern. 

Audra Hamrick is the volleyball coach at Morgantown High School, and she's also a guidance counselor. She said she worries about students who don't give themselves a chance to rest.

She said, "Student athletes are probably not getting adequate sleep. They're trying to stay up late after competitions to get work done, so they're probably not resting their minds or bodies and giving themselves recovery time."

Hamrick also said as a coach, she worries about kids who attempt to hide or play through their injuries.

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