A spate of recent serious football-related injuries and fatalities, as well a $765 million payout by the NFL to over 4,500 retired players has heightened awareness around the dangers of concussion.
In western New York, coaches, players and their families are developing strategies to minimize risk.
In the suburban town of Cheektowaga, Maryvale High School’s Varsity football team is practicing for their next game. Seventeen-year old senior Mike Cammarano is inside linebacker for the team. A few weeks ago he was involved in a helmet-to-helmet hit that led to him being taken off the field by paramedics.