Districts report that student athletes complained of playing with pain. They were unable to concentrate on their studies because they were frequent visitors to the emergency room following the Friday night ball games. Injured student athletes were medicated with strong narcotics to deal with the broken bones, sprains, and contusions, and this resulted in students who were unable to concentrate in the classroom. Districts found that during standardized national testing weeks, student athletes scored radically lower than their peers. This could be directly related to the number of days missed due to injuries on the football field.