Youth Sports Concussions
Recreational and school related sports activities are a popular past time, both for players as well as parents on the sidelines. Sports help young people learn about discipline and teamwork, while mom, dad, and other relatives get the thrill of cheering their young athlete on and taking pride in their abilities. While there are numerous benefits to youth sports, there are also dangers you should be aware of. Accidental injuries involving head trauma and concussion are common among both professional and recreational athletes, and coaches and parents may not always be aware when these types of injuries have occurred. Here is what you need to know about sports concussions, as well as what you should do if you suspect your child is injured.
Sports Concussions and Traumatic Brain Injury
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), any type of bump, blow, or jolt to the head can lead to head injuries and concussions, which have the potential to result in a traumatic brain injury (TBI). The CDC lists TBI as a national health concern in the United States, and estimates that over two million people are seriously affected by these injuries each year. Among youth sports athletes, concussions leading to TBI have increased by as much as 50 percent over the last decade.
The December 2015 movie ‘Concussion’ has helped to raise public awareness of the serious nature of these injuries. The movie is based on a true story of a doctor who discovers how professional football players who suffer repeated blows to the head resulting in concussion can end up with traumatic brain injury that are disabling and even fatal.
How to Handle Sports Related Concussions
The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) advise that a concussion can disrupt and impair the functioning of the brain, resulting in temporary or permanent damage. People who suffer concussions often experience speech problems, loss of balance and lack of coordination, and loss of memory and the inability to comprehend or retain information. Once an athlete has experienced a concussion, they become more susceptible to the negative effects and more likely to suffer permanent and life threatening damage from a head injury in the future. Parents and coaches of youth sports athletes should be aware of the following signs of concussion:
- Headaches, and blurred vision;
- Excessive irritability, and being prone to anger;
- Sleep disturbances and lack of energy;
- Confusion and memory loss;
- Lack of coordination or balance; and
- Nausea and vomiting.
Head injuries can occur with or without a loss of consciousness. If your child suffers a blow or bump to the head, immediately remove them from play to assess the damage. Concussions are difficult to diagnose, so play it safe and have your child checked out by your family physician. Be sure their doctor clears them to return to sports or activities before allowing them to participate, and never allow a couch or other players to pressure your child into playing when they are injured.
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If you or someone you care about suffers a sports related injury, contact an experienced Florida personal injury lawyer today. At the Law Firm of William E. Raikes III, we provide aggressive legal representation to assist you in getting compensation for the injuries you or your loved ones suffer. Serves all of Fort Pierce, Port Saint Lucie, Vero Beach, Saint Lucie, and Indian River Counties, call or contact us online today for a free review of your case.