Football players at Aurora’s Smoky Hill High School try on goggles that simulate concussions

The idea is if Smoky Hill players know what a concussion looks like, they won’t be afraid to speak up.

Some Smoky Hill High School football players got the chance to try on goggles that simulate concussions. (Jeffrey Beall/Flickr)
Some Smoky Hill High School football players got the chance to try on goggles that simulate concussions. (Jeffrey Beall/Flickr)
Some Smoky Hill High School football players got the chance to try on goggles that simulate concussions. (Jeffrey Beall/Flickr)

Concussions in football remain problematic, particularly so with high school players who are more susceptible to them than college or professional players because they are still developing.

In 2013, one study found that high school football players are twice as likely as college players to sustain one.

The Rock Mountain Hospital for Children is trying to do something about that, though, as Denver 7 pointed out.

Earlier this week, some of the hospital’s employees visited Smoky Hill High School in Aurora to let the school’s football players try on goggles that simulate what it’s like to get a concussion.

The idea is if Smoky Hill players know what a concussion looks like, they won’t be afraid to speak up to coaches, parents or medical officials who can keep them from reentering the game and risk further harm.

The goggles look fairly simple, sort of like ones you might use during high-school chemistry class.

Seem like a pretty cool concept.

Christian Clark

Author: Christian Clark

Christian Clark covers sports. He's worked for outlets that include the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, The Oklahoman, Columbia Missourian and Dave Campbell's Texas Football magazine. He likes music and Mexican food. Lots and lots of Mexican food. Got questions? Tips? You can reach him at cclark@denverite.com.