Hillsborough, N.C. — Based on a report released Monday from Orange County Schools, the number of head injuries and concussions among student athletes is on the rise.
The latest numbers are from the 2016-2017 school year. The greatest increase in total number of concussions and head injuries was at Orange High School. According to the report, there were 28 reported injuries in the 2016-2017 school year, compared with 11 in the year prior.
However, at Cedar Ridge High School, the total number of head injuries and concussions was nearly cut in half from the previous year. There were 25 head injuries and concussions reported in the 2015-2016 school year, and 14 reported in the 2016-2017 school year.
The new numbers were released just weeks after 14-year-old Thys Oldenburg, a junior varsity player at Orange High, took a hit to the head and was placed in a medically-induced coma at Duke University Hospital.
His family posted on his GoFundMe page on Sunday that he’s taking baby steps in the right direction.
Officials said his story is a reminder of why the new report is so important. It shows that, as a whole, concussion and head injuries in the district are up slightly from the previous two years.