10/10/2013 04:41 pm ET Updated Dec 10, 2013

Does Your School Protect Your Head? Players Talk

Part of Youth Radio's special coverage on the risks of high school football, this audio slideshow features football players from Castro Valley High School, 25 miles east of San Francisco. They describe the experience of getting a concussion, and the tension between wanting to play and pulling themselves out of the game after they've been injured.

Audio: Ike Sriskandarajah and Brett Myers
Photos: Brett Myers and Bianca Brooks

More than 1 million high school boys play football in the U.S. But with a growing body of evidence linking the sport with chronic brain injury, some schools are trying to change how teams play and practice. They have a long way to go. Only two states are enforcing rules that protect high school teen players on the field and in practice. This week, PBS' Frontline aired "League of Denial," a two-hour documentary about the NFL's attempt to cover up evidence linking football and chronic brain damage. In the full report, Youth Radio reporters look at three safety measures being used by the pros and compares them to what's happening at the high school level.

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