An estimated 1.6 to 3.8 million sports-related concussions take place every year across the nation, as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Among the different sports and recreational activities, football gets primary focus when it comes to the risk of players receiving this kind of head trauma. However, sports-related concussions are not just experienced by professional players.
With more than 38 million children and adolescents, ages 5-18, participating in organized youth sports in the United States, young athletes are susceptible to similar dangers and increased risks of traumatic brain injuries.
According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, “Pro football players are eight times more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease or dementia than the general population. The rate of concussions in high school athletes more than doubled between 2005 and 2012. The highest rate of concussions in collegiate sports is women’s ice hockey, where players sustain concussions at a rate more than twice that of football.”
It’s critical to educate student athletes, parents, coaches, trainers, and administrators on sports-related brain traumas. The CDC has taken a large step forward by developing the Heads Up Concussion in Youth Sports campaign as an initiative to help spread public awareness and knowledge on concussion and head trauma risks, providing educational materials on the dangerous signs, symptoms, and diagnosis of a concussion.
In 2009, the state of Washington passed a concussion-safety ruling known as the “When in doubt, sit them out” law after a 13-year-old boy was placed on a feeding tube for over a year after suffering head trauma during a junior high school football game. Every state, except Wyoming, now has a similar set of concussion-safety laws.
Whether in football, basketball or soccer, for professional league players or youth athletes, recognizing and managing sports-related concussions is crucial to ensure the safety and health of athletes.
Contact a Lieff Cabraser Sports-Related Concussion Injury Attorney
Lieff Cabraser represents former professional football players and their spouses in a class action lawsuit seeking damages for the painful and debilitating injuries they suffered from repetitive head traumas during their careers in National Football League. The injuries include concussions and repeated head impacts, traumatic brain injuries, and latent neurodegenerative disorders and diseases. The firm is also investigating complaints by professional hockey players who have also suffered terrible injuries due to repetitive head traumas during their careers in the National Hockey League.