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Brain Injuries in Sports - What Parents Should Know

Brain Injuries in SportsA brain injury can be one of the most traumatic and life-changing injuries to endure. Unfortunately, traumatic brain injuries, such as concussions, are some of the most common injuries to occur – especially in sports.

In recent years, much attention in the press has been given to chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE. Autopsies conducted on the brains of contact-sport athletes have revealed in many cases, their brain tissue closely matches that of patients suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. While alive, especially in the advanced stages of life, many of these athletes may exhibit signs of depression or erratic behavior. This condition is caused by repeated concussions and other head traumas – injuries that are prevalent in many sports.

The sheer number of athletes suffering brain injuries has forced the NFL and NHL to adopt significant concussion reform measures, but sport-related brain injuries are not only a concern for the professional athlete. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are between 1.6 million and 3.8 million brain injuries that occur in sports each year. A staggering 63,000 of these are suffered by high school athletes. Indeed, traumatic brain injuries account for 21 percent of all injuries associated with participation in sports and other recreational activities among children. While statistics like that may understandably cause parents consternation, there are a number of measures athletes and the parents of young athletes can take to reduce the risk of brain injury in sports.

The wearing of proper safety equipment when biking, blading, snowboarding or competing in contact sports is critical. Cracked or otherwise damaged helmets or head gear should be immediately replaced, and medical attention should be immediately sought after an injury. Educating children and young athletes on the importance of seeking care as quickly as possible and informing a coach or other parent when injury has occurred is critical. This can be especially challenging when the inclination of most young athletes is to “walk it off”.

Seeking the advice of qualified legal counsel can also help ensure a speedy recovery from a brain injury suffered while competing in sports. A qualified personal injury lawyer may assist your recovery from helping with claims to ensuring proper medical care is provided.

For assistance with a personal injury or insurance claim, please email David at dhimelfarb@himprolaw.com. To be contacted immediately call 1-855-446-7765 for a free case evaluation.

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