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Are student athletes safe enough?

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The Youth Sports Safety Alliance just finished a yearly conference in Washington D.C. The national organization says young athletes aren't safe enough, and want changes to be made.

In order to improve the safety of student athletes, the organization came up with ten recommendations that include, access to health care professionals to make qualified assessments and decisions, conduct pre-participation exams before play begins and where appropriate, base-line testing. The recommendations include making general and sport-specific education a priority for every administrator, coach, parent, and player.

Scott Galloway, chair of the Texas State Athletic Trainers Association, says the recommendations are well intentioned but can be challenging to implement, especially when it comes to cost.

"If we are willing to invest in fancy uniforms and really elaborate equipment, shouldn't we also invest in health care? I think the answer is yes," said Galloway.

Soccer recently received attention when it comes to kids getting concussions with a possibility of long-term effects.

"For players to become hyper sensitive and now they aren't playing physical, it gets away from the sport. It is a contact sport, there will be injuries but I'm going to go back to the keyword, I think it's about balance," says soccer coach Luchi Gonzalez.

Peyton Whipple, a 9 year old goalie, is well aware of the dangers of soccer.

Her mom was concerned enough to invest in added protection for her daughters head. When she falls forward, the head gear hits the ground first.

Other parents think no amount of recommendations or guidelines will make certain sports safe enough.

"You could put him in a bubble suit but the nature if the sport is a contest of pushing people around to get down the field," said Todd Bruhn who allows his son to play soccer, but football is out of the question.

Concussion legislation has been passed by 43 states.

Some coaches and parents believe referees also play a big part in keeping kids safe on the field.

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