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Utah soccer and girls’ sports have high concussion rates

While much of the national focus in recent years on concussions in sports has centered on football, the numbers show it’s hardly the only sport with high rates of head injuries.

According to a study released by the Center for Injury Research and Policy, nearly 27 percent of all sports injuries during high school games in the 2012-2013 season were concussions. In comparison, concussions accounted for only 25 percent of football injuries.

“We see a lot in football because of the contact nature of the sport,” said Bart Thompson, Utah High School Athletics Association assistant director and sports medicine coordinator. “But other sports have a lot of them, too.”

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