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Scott Allen, USA TODAY High School Sports

According to a recent study by researchers at the University of Arkansas, many high school football players do not report their own concussion symptoms out of fear that they won't be allowed to play.

The researchers provided high school football players with an Internet link to a confidential survey, which included questions about the players' concussion history, ability to recognize concussion symptoms, awareness of potential long-term health risks associated with concussions and whether their attitudes about concussions had changed in recent years.

Nearly a third of the players said they had experienced concussion-like symptoms at least once in the past two years but did not seek medical attention. More than half of those players said they did not seek medical attention because they feared they wouldn't be cleared to play.

And just how has the recent emphasis on concussion safety in the media and at all levels of football affected players' attitudes?

According to the study, 71 percent of players said they are more aware of concussion symptoms than they were when they entered high school, but less than half of the players indicated that they are more likely to report symptoms today.

Nearly a third of the players said they had experienced concussion-like symptoms at least once in the past two years but did not seek medical attention. More than half of those players said they did not seek medical attention because they feared they wouldn't be cleared to play.

USA TODAY High School Sports

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