An insurer that is pitching life insurance for children has created a very powerful infographic that really drives home the dangers of concussions and football.
The graphic was commissioned by Globe Life and Accident Insurance Co., which is based in Oklahoma City.
Using a colorful format that employs a football scoreboard, the graphic is full of interesting, and frankly terrifying, facts about youth football and concussions. Frankly, it should be posted in every high school, college and NFL locker room and coaches’ office.j
In part, the graphic compares the G-Force involved in rolling an F-16 jet fighter; chest acceleration during a car crash at 30 mph with an airbag; and in an extreme football impact. The G-Force for the F-16 roll is 9. It is 60 for the car crash. And it is a whopping 150-plus for the football impact.
Folks, that is way over the 100 G-Force mark when concussions usually occur, according to the graphic.
Here are some of the other “Jarring Concussion Stats” taken straight from the graphic:
* Each season the average college football player receives more than 1,000 blows to the head greater than 10 G-Force.
* More than 250 of the 1,000 blows are greater than 30 G-Force.
* 265 high school football players suffered cervical cord injuries from 1977 to 2011.
* The rate of catastrophic football head injuries for high school players is three times that of college players.
* 100,000 high school football players are concussed each year.
* Last year 15 percent of all high school sports-related injuries were concussions, and 47.1 percent of all concussions in high school were from football.
* From 1997 to 2008, high school football concussions increased 8 percent annually.
Hopefully, this Glove Insurance graphic will really drive home the point about how dangerous concussions are for youth football players.