Campus News

Playing it safe

An Associated Press story about the importance of teaching young football players about serious injuries quoted Ron Courson, UGA athletic trainer. “What we are concerned about is that one hit that can cause a quadriplegic, the perfect storm that happens when the neck is (not) in the right position,” Courson said. “We are not trying to scare them. Football is a violent sport, and we want the defenders to be aggressive. But when you lower your head, you take away the normal curve in your neck that allows for shock absorption.”