"Knock on wood ... none of the kids I've coached have ever had a concussion," he said. "A couple had some hard hits and I pulled them out of practice as a precautionary measure. Me personally, because my own son plays, I would rather err on the side of caution. We've had parents take kids to the hospital to double-check. With my own son, I would rather take a proactive stance. If he ever got hit that hard I would definitely have him get checked out."
While the increased attention on football may scare some parents off, Resendez says others feel reassured, thankful for the information and hopeful that the sport has already gotten safer. No sport is risk-free, they point out.
Researcher Stefan Duma, who oversaw the recent studies about the severity of hits, agrees.
"I always tell parents that there is risk in any sport, and that riding bicycles is the number one cause of head injuries in children -- and we are not taking away all the bikes," he said, who runs the School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences at Virginia Tech. "So, you have to be aware and involved in whatever sport your children play. My son likes soccer and basketball, but perhaps when he is in high school if he really wanted, we could have that discussion then."