As the weather gets nicer, I often jog on a path near my house. The path goes around the baseball and soccer fields of a local high school. When I run, I often see high school teams practicing or playing on the field, whether it be baseball, soccer, or field hockey.
The other day, one of the groups playing baseball on the field caught my eye. It appeared that they were doing batting practice. The pitcher was throwing the balls pretty hard, and the batters were not wearing helmets. There was an adult present on the field who appeared to be coaching the high school boys.
Granted, I couldn't hear what they were saying, but the first thing I thought of was that the batters should be wearing helmets to avoid getting hit directly in the head with the ball without protection. Even though they were just practicing, there is still a chance that the ball could hit the batter in the head.
According to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), baseball is one of the top 10 sports that result in sports related head injuries among children ages 14 and younger. See AANS
Common head injuries as a result of getting hit in the head by a baseball are concussions, mild traumatic brain injury and traumatic brain injury.
Mild traumatic brain injury is probably the most difficult to diagnose because the symptoms are often not obvious, and it could take days or weeks before the symptoms start to emerge. See The Centre For Neuro Skills.
Even when the symptoms do appear, they can often go undiagnosed because symptoms vary.
Some of the symptoms to look for in an individual with a mild traumatic brain injury are:
If your children play baseball, field hockey or any other contact sport, make sure that they wear protective gear such as helmets, even during practice. Also make sure that the helmets fit properly to ensure proper protection.
The lives of individuals who have traumatic brain injuries are often drastically changed. They may no longer be able to concentrate in school or do well at work due to cognitive impairments. Individuals who suffer traumatic brain injuries as a result of another person's negligence, may be entitled to compensation. Mild traumatic brain injuries may be difficult to prove and a lawyer experienced in handling cases involving traumatic brain injuries is needed.
Dan O'Brien has helped numerous individuals in PA and NJ who suffered mild traumatic brain injuries as a result of others. If you would like to discuss your case with Dan, feel free to call 877.944.8396. Dan offers a free initial consultation.
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