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WAVi scans help JSerra football take step forward in concussion prevention, education

Updated: Feb 12, 2020

Posted: 4:16 PM, Aug 15, 2018

By: Fox Sports West

Author: Connor McGlynn

-- There is no more time for hiding behind the phrase ‘you just got your bell rung.’

One simply doesn’t get ‘dinged.’

While that may be the ‘old school’ mentality many in sports grew up with, the ever-evolving medical research displays just how severe any hit to the head, big or small, can affect one’s brain. Oftentimes concussions are unpreventable—an inevitable part of playing any sport, whether it be football or golf— and while there may not be a cure-all to the problem, there are steps that can be taken to help those who suffer from them.

JSerra High School in San Juan Capistrano is diving head first into a field no other high school in has gone before.

“As an ex-coach, I have a specific story of a female soccer player that I coached that got a concussion, was played back in, the return-to-play protocol was good, and then everything started going backward again,” JSerra athletic director Chris Ledyard recalled. “She was out of sports for six or seven months.”

In an effort to make sure fewer kids experience similar setbacks, Ledyard made the decision to implement WAVi scans for JSerra student-athletes beginning with this year’s football season.

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