"I think as different things are happening -- whether it's NFL lawsuits, or more media attention on things like concussions -- I think a lot more parents and schools are willing to try to protect their kids a little bit more, and get more education," she said.
Jones has found that many student athletes -- she mainly works with children 18 and under -- do not know the risks of concussions. She educates them about prevention and symptoms.
She keeps it basic and does not talk about the long-term risks of concussions that have been getting a lot of attention in research. That's because, in her view, "We don't have the research available to us yet to actually concretely say anything."
Some parents are taking matters into their own hands. Jason's mother, Erika Stevens, wasn't satisfied with the normal training on her son's team, so she hired a personal trainer to help him avoid concussions in the future. He's learned how to properly hit, and when to let the play go, over the past couple of months, she said.
"We hope that it makes him a smarter player."
Jason said his team passed out new football helmets this season that are designed to minimize the risk of concussion more than old ones this season. He got one because of his injury last year.
Jason suffered attention problems in school for months after his concussion, and sat closer to the front of the class than normal because of eyesight difficulties, his mother said.
Training for this season -- his first since the injury -- began August 19.
His mother is nervous about him suffering another concussion, but Jason is not. Still, they've agreed: "If he does get another concussion, then football's done," Stevens said.