Focus at Four: How high school sports are addressing concussion protocol

BRYAN, Tex. (KBTX) - Disturbing video from Sunday's Houston Texans game has NFL concussion protocol back in the headlines.

Quarterback Tom Savage took a hit, then was caught on camera with his hands shaking uncontrollably. Savage was let back in the game for one more series before being benched. This isn't just a pro problem. The issue begins with high school sports, if not earlier.

Bryan ISD athletic officials said it's always on their minds. They established their protocol in 2011, making a point to follow state guidelines as well.

"We know so much more than we used to about this risk," said Lance Angel, Bryan ISD's athletic director. "And it is a risk, but it's one we do our very best to manage."

Bryan ISD Assistant Director of Sports Medicine Josh Woodall said training of coaches and referees is key.

"We make sure they know what to look for when it comes to traumatic injuries," said Woodall. "Everything has to be reported."

Student athletes are required to see a doctor for concussions, and then, after three concussions, they're required to see a neuro specialist before they're cleared to keep playing the contact sport.

But sometimes, according to Angel and Woodall, the athletes themselves are reluctant to report injuries.

"Our coaches talk to them about that, and we talk to them about that," said Woodall. "But students don't want to let their teammates down. They want to stay out there. That's why we try to do everything we can to recognize those signs and symptoms as well."

For the full conversation with Bryan ISD, see the video player above.