Parents, Fans Concerned About Brain Injuries In Football

CHARLOTTE, NC– “I could not believe that I was like no calls? Really so yeah pretty ticked this morning about it,” said Uptown resident Monica Bates.

Panthers fans and parents out for high school Friday night Football at west Mecklenburg are still angry about Cam Newtons head shots and lack of referee response in Thursday nights game against the Broncos.

“I don’t think he gets the same protection as other quarterbacks I think his size is being used against him when it comes to calls from the refs,” said West Charlotte resident, Travis Barnes.

Its a topic close to many parents hearts like Monica Cook whose son plays for Independence High school.

“I worry about it every game, every game I worry about it,” said West Mecklenburg mom Monica Cook.

Charlotte Mecklenburg schools says all North Carolina high schools and middle schools follow the same law when it comes to concussion protocol and emergency plans.

A few being a licensed athletic trainer on campus to teach prevention and on the field at all football games.
Second, CMS contracts with Medic to be on site for all games and coaches receive emergency training and call 911 immediately.

Cook says she feels like the school does a great job protecting the kids.

“I’ve had friends who have had sons who have had concussions on the field and our trainer on the field is right on it,” said Cook.