Two dozen high school football players died in recent years from traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries.

Source: CBS News

Two dozen high school football players died in recent years from traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries, and the annual death count has been growing slightly, according to a new study.

But such deaths remain rare, and are far lower than in decades past. Also, it’s not clear whether the recent uptick is the result of more widespread attention and better reporting, said Kristen Kucera, the study’s lead author.

The study, which examined the years 2005 through 2014, also counted four such deaths in college football players over the same period.

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