High school football season is kicking off under a cloud this year. With the nfl preparing to pay hundreds of millions of dollars to former players whose health was damaged by on-field concussions.... See More
High school football season is kicking off under a cloud this year. With the nfl preparing to pay hundreds of millions of dollars to former players whose health was damaged by on-field concussions. Here's abc's brandi hitt. Reporter: At notre dame high school in southern california, every hard hit puts cynthia kramer on-edge. Her son, grant, is one of the biggest targets, as senior quarterback. He has suffered a concussion on the field in the past. My head was ringing. And I couldn't focus on anything. Reporter: The first game of the season comes after the nfl agreed to pay $765 million to 4,a500 former players. And the landmark settlement is having a ripple effect here at the high school level. I got a couple calls from two players that could not play. And I think parents are very worrisome about playing football. Reporter: Dan has coached football near boston for 36 years. And says the sport is safer than ever before, thanks to new tackling rules nationwide. You can't lead with your head offensively or defensively. And the helmets are safer. Reporter: And grant is wearing this new lining in his helmet for the first time. I feel more safe and protected. Reporter: A recent study showed more than 140,000 high school athletes suffered a concussion, with the highest rate among football players. The consequences of a blow to the head or a concussion seem to be worse in children and especially teens because their brain is still developing. Reporter: Leaving many to have second thoughts about teens taking the field. Abc news' dr. Richard besser told george stephanopoulos, as a parent, he considers football off limits. When a parent comes into you, you say -- I say pick another sport. Reporter: For "good morning america," brandi hitt, abc news, los angeles. I got to say, I agree with dr. B. I told peter, for jake, that's off-limits. Not playing football. Too dangerous. Love to watch it, though.
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