KTBC-TV in Austin, Texas, reported that high school football injuries have dropped for the third consecutive season based on a sampling from one school per school district in the state.
Citing data the station obtained from the University Interscholastic League, the report said most injuries took place during games and the majority did not require a hospital visit.
The report said the UIL continues to take measures to make the game safer.
Rutledge credits safety education programs and expects youth football leagues to follow similar training.
-- Bill Bradley, contributing editor