We often write about the impact of traumatic brain injury on car accident victims, but car accidents are not the only way individuals can suffer from brain injuries. Slip and fall accidents and sports injuries, like high school football, are other major causes of traumatic brain injury. According to CBS News, two dozen football players have died due to traumatic brain injuries and the numbers are increasing every year.
While deaths due to traumatic brain injury on the field are not common, these numbers don’t begin to account for the number of injuries victims sustain while practicing or playing high school football. Unfortunately, traumatic brain injury can have a long-term impact on a person’s health. Furthermore, the effect of traumatic brain injury on the adolescent brain has not been studied sufficiently for doctors to fully understand the long-term cognitive and physical effects. So, whether the accident occurred on the field or in a car accident, brain injury is something to take seriously, especially if the victim is young.
While it can sometimes take days or weeks before an individual experiences the symptoms of traumatic brain injury, the symptoms can have a serious impact on a person’s ability to work, play, study, or enjoy life. According to Mayo Clinic, individuals might experience headaches, nausea, fatigue, speech problems, difficulty sleeping, dizziness, sensory changes, mood changes, depression, or problems with memory. If your child was injured while playing high school football, it is important to seek medical care as soon as possible. Early treatment can lead to better outcomes.
According to CBS News, deaths from traumatic brain injury on the football field most often occurred when individuals were being tackled, with running backs and linebackers being the most impacted. Researchers are studying the long-term effects of brain injury on the brain, but already the NFL has come under fire for brain injury symptoms identified in professional players. Every year, more and more NFL players are getting diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE. Alarmingly, researchers believe that CTE is not caused by concussions or other major injury events, but rather is caused by repeated blows to the head. During the regular course of play, young players may be exposed to the kinds of blows that can lead to the development of CTE later in life. Unfortunately, CTE can only be diagnosed after death, and, once it has progressed to a point where it affects a person cognitively and emotionally, it is usually too late.
So, how can you protect your child? For one, ask how your child’s high school program handles concussions or checks children for injuries. Secondly, consider enrolling your child in a flag football program or a program where tackling doesn’t occur. Finally, you know your child best. If you believe he or she is suffering from the symptoms of a concussion, seek help. Sometimes concussions aren’t diagnosed right away.
Finally, if your child was injured on the field, you may have important rights under the law. The Law Offices of Robert Gregg are personal injury lawyers in Dallas, Texas who can help you seek damages for your injuries and other losses. Visit our firm today. We work with victims suffering from traumatic brain injuries in car accidents, in slip and falls, and in sporting injuries.