By Jacqueline Howard, CNN
(CNN)When it comes to concussions in high school sports, there is good news and bad news, a new study suggests.
The rates of football practice concussions and recurrent concussions across all sports have gone down in recent years, according to the study, published in the journal Pediatrics on Tuesday. The bad news: Concussion rates increased in football games.
“These results matter for all stakeholders involved in high school sports: parents, coaches, athletes, as well as researchers,” said Avinash Chandran, a post-doctoral research associate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, who was an author of the study.
“This study updates our understanding of concussion patterns in high school sports using injury surveillance data,” he said. “It adds to our existing understanding by providing the most recent ‘time-stamp’ in concussion incidence in high school sports.”
The study found trends in concussion rates not only for football but also more than a dozen other sports, including soccer, ice hockey and cheerleading — which were among the sports with the most concussion incidence.
The study also found that among all sports, there was only one in which the concussion rate was higher during practice than in competition.