Assistant Rosemont High School football coach and athletic trainer David Batts checks John Fitzgerald, then 17, who suffered a concussion late in the 2011 football season. Fitzgerald, a tight end, suited up for Senior Night, the last game of the season, but did not play due to his injury. Schools have taken greater steps in recent years to prevent concussed players from stepping back onto the field.
Assistant Rosemont High School football coach and athletic trainer David Batts checks John Fitzgerald, then 17, who suffered a concussion late in the 2011 football season. Fitzgerald, a tight end, suited up for Senior Night, the last game of the season, but did not play due to his injury. Schools have taken greater steps in recent years to prevent concussed players from stepping back onto the field. Renée C. Byer Sacramento Bee file
Assistant Rosemont High School football coach and athletic trainer David Batts checks John Fitzgerald, then 17, who suffered a concussion late in the 2011 football season. Fitzgerald, a tight end, suited up for Senior Night, the last game of the season, but did not play due to his injury. Schools have taken greater steps in recent years to prevent concussed players from stepping back onto the field. Renée C. Byer Sacramento Bee file
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