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Head Injuries Caused By Sports and Recreational Activities

Posted on Apr 26, 2010

Though you may not read about them everyday, or feel that the issue only affects you or your family, head injuries are one of the top health concerns in the United States. Every year, thousands of people are killed or permanently disabled because of a traumatic brain injury. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the most recent statistics show that on average, 1.7 million people sustain a traumatic brain injury every year.

The damage from a head injury can range from mild to severe. Some of the symptoms of a head injury include:


  • brief or permanent loss of consciousness;
  • brief or permanent change in mental status;
  • amnesia; and
  • concussion


Many head injuries are a result of sports and recreation activities. Sports that have a high number of head injuries include hockey and football. Other sports/recreational activities that commonly result in head injuries include biking, skateboarding, skiing, and skating.

The most common type of head injury is a concussion. However, further injuries-including fatal injuries-can occur if a person doesn't seek immediate medical treatment after suffering a head injury.

Children can be especially vulnerable to head injuries resulting from sports and recreational activities and should always be examined by a medical professional if they experience head trauma during a physical activity, especially if they show signs of a concussion, including:


  • Memory loss (including events leading up to and after the accident)
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Headaches
  • Blurred vision or light sensitivity
  • Feeling dizzy, lightheaded or your child seems dazed
  • Slurred or incoherent speech
  • Difficulty concentrating, thinking, or making decision
  • Difficulty balancing or with coordination


If you or someone you love has been the victim of a head injury due to a sports or recreational accident in New Jersey or Pennsylvania then you may wish to contact a personal injury lawyer at White & Williams LLP. The Philadelphia personal injury attorneys at White & Williams LLP represent accident victims in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, contact us today - (877) 944-8396.

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