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How To Prevent Traumatic Brain Injuries When Playing Contact Sports

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As the school year gets underway, many of our children are participating in organized sports.  Many of the sports our kids participate in are contact sports such as lacrosse, field hockey, soccer and football.  These sports often put our children at risk for injuries, including serious injuries such as traumatic brain injury.

Below are some facts provided by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about traumatic brain injuries and sports and recreational activities:

  • Each year, an estimated 173,285 sports- and recreation-related traumatic brain injuries (TBI), including concussions, are treated in emergency rooms among children and adolescents from birth to 19 years old.
  • In the last decade, visits to emergency rooms for sports- and recreation-related TBIs, including concussions, among children and adolescents increased by 60%.
  • Activities such as bicycling, football, playground activities, basketball and soccer are associated with the highest number of TBI related ER visits.
  • 70.5% of sports- and recreation-related TBI emergency department visits were among persons aged 10-19.
  • For males aged 10-19, sports- and recreation-related TBIs occurred most often while playing football or bicycling.
  • Females aged 10-19 sustained sports- and recreation-related TBIs most often while playing soccer or basketball or while bicycling.

As parents, we need to raise awareness about TBIs, including concussions.  When our children play sports, make sure of the following:

  • the coaches are trained and know the concussion symptoms and danger signs;
  • the coaches know how to respond if a concussion occurs; and
  • the coaches educate the athletes and parents about concussions.

Concussions and head injuries sustained while playing a sport or participating in a recreational activity cannot be taken lightly.  Proper medical evaluation must be conducted before clearing the athlete to go back into the game or activity.  Otherwise, a second blow to the head could lead to traumatic brain injury or permanent brain injury.

If you or someone you know has a traumatic brain injury as a result of playing contact sports or a recreational activity, you or your loved one may be entitled to compensation due to the negligence of others. For more information, feel free to contact our personal injury lawyers in PA and NJ who have helped victims who suffer traumatic brain injury.

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1 Comments to "How To Prevent Traumatic Brain Injuries When Playing Contact Sports"

Thanks for sharing the tips. It's a very dangerous situation to have a brain injury while playing. First of all everyone should have a health insurance in such cases you may need lots of money for treatment. If it happens to you then try to consult with good attorney with all the reports.
Posted by brain injury lawyers toronto on October 5, 2012 at 01:02 AM

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