LONGVIEW (KYTX) – The numbers are a cause for concern. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates more than 170,000 kids and teens end up in the emergency room because of sports-related head injuries every year.
While it is clear these injuries are happening across the state and country, it is not so clear how many of these injuries are being reported in Texas.
The University Interscholastic League (UIL) currently has a system in place that only requires one in five Texas high schools to report injuries in regular season games, and the only sport these schools are requires to report is football.
There is no group or organization in Texas keeping track of injuries to student athletes playing basketball, baseball or soccer.
Caleb Williams is a Gladewater senior football player who sustained a concussion earlier this season and experienced memory loss because of the injury. Williams couldn’t remember his teammates, friends or family.
“The headaches are pretty much gone, so that’s good,” Caleb said. “My memory’s not coming back, but I’m starting to get more comfortable around everybody like my friends, my family.”
Caleb is hopeful, though, his memory returns to him eventually.
“I’m definitely hoping for it,” Caleb said. “Everybody comes up to me asking if I know them yet. I don’t know them, but I’m working on getting back.”
Caleb’s mom, Latoshia Williams, has noticed he is starting to get more of his personality back.
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