October 29, 2012
The fall sports season is often the most dangerous time of year for athletes to receive a traumatic brain injury, as both cheerleading and football are in full swing. But with parents and coaches becoming more educated on the risks these injuries present to young athletes, many are working to do what they can to keep athletes safe.
According to Greenville Online, the Brain Injury Association of South Carolina reports that each year, there are approximately 3.8 million head injuries associated with sports; however, the number may be conservative, as many of these injuries go undiagnosed. Other studies show as many as 40 percent of high school athletes return to play before they are completely healed.
Research says doing so could put an athlete at risk of another brain injury that could be compounded by the first. These repeat injuries have been linked to permanent brain disorders that led to the deaths of numerous professional and former pro athletes and have prompted dozens of lawsuits.
The Norfolk Personal Injury Lawyers with Lowell “The Hammer” Stanley say the best way to ensure the safety of your young athlete is to become educated on the signs and symptoms of traumatic brain injuries. If you suspect your child has suffered a brain injury, seek medical attention and don’t let your child return to play until he or she has been cleared by a doctor.