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Concussions down 11% in Michigan high school athletes

New data released this week by the Michigan High School Athletic Association reveals concussions in high school athletes are down 11 percent. The organization collects data every year from high schools across the state on head injuries. (File photo)

New data released this week by the Michigan High School Athletic Association reveals concussions in high school athletes are down 11 percent. The organization collects data every year from high schools across the state on head injuries.

Grand Blanc High School's new head varsity coach Clint Alexander is happy to see the decline but says he's making more changes to keep that downward trend going.

"We haven't live tackled. We've done everything we can to show up the game day healthy fresh and excited to play," said Alexander.

Alexander tells his Bobcats one simple saying that appears to help his players stay focused while avoiding head injuries.

"Coach always say eyes to sky so your eyes go up your hips come forward so you never lead with your head," said Alicia Woollcott, senior at GBHS.

"We want to minimize any kind of head contact that we can. We want the kids to graduate and have a great experience and not show everyday at practice worried about getting hurt," said Alexander.

Football remains the sport with the highest rate of head injury in the state. In Michigan 45 of every 1000 high school players get head injuries each year.

But girls are at a higher risk than boys when it comes to certain sports. More girls are getting head injuries over boys in soccer, basketball and softball/baseball.

You can view the entire 2016/2017 MHSAA report here.

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