The Mogollon Sporting Association once again came through for Rim Country’s kids, with nearly $9,000 in donations to sports programs to the Payson school district.
The most crucial donation came in the form of new and reconditioned helmets for Rim Country Middle School students.
Concussions remain a serious problem in school sports and adequate helmets remain a major protection.
The federal Centers for Disease Control reported that in 2017 a shocking 15 percent of high school students experienced one or more concussions and 6 percent experienced two or more.
Male students were much more likely to suffer a concussion, partly because football generates many of the cases.
For girls, soccer produces the most concussions.
Some 30 percent of students participating in three or more sports reported suffering concussions.
The CDC estimates rose significantly when based on a national survey rather than emergency room visits as in previous studies.
The researchers concluded that the incidence of concussions is probably under reported, with many students not even knowing they’ve suffered an injury after a hard fall or tackle.
That makes the MHA’s willingness to raise money from the community to keep helmets up to date across a range of sports crucial to students’ health.
The board also accepted and recognized a $1,000 donation from MSA for bleachers for Wilson Dome and $1,500 for the baseball shed and lighting.
In addition, Ken and Ruth Lume donated a $3,000 golf cart for use by the Payson High School baseball team.