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A concussion is a traumatic brain injury, resulting from a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or body which that causes a rapid movement of the head. Each year in the United States, about 300,000 athletes suffer from concussions. The Center for Disease Control defines all concussions as serious. All concussions need to be recognized and treated immediately so as to avoid permanent and possibly fatal damage.

In 2012, the National Academy of Sciences found that football is the sport with the highest number of youth concussions (11.2 reported per 10,000; 47% percent of all youth sport-related concussions). But concussions can occur in any sport, including non-contact sports. Owing largely to increased concussion awareness and recognition, the reported number of concussions has doubled over the last decade. Yet even though they are better recognized than they had been, concussions are still very dangerous for young athletes. When mismanaged, youth concussions can easily have serious and life-long effects.

Concussions are especially dangerous when they are not properly recognized and managed. In 1984, research published in The Journal of the American Medical Association stated that people under the age of 25 are susceptible to a very dangerous injury they called second impact syndrome. After a young athlete suffers a concussion, second blow to the head before the brain has time to heal can result in a catastrophic injury with permanent side effects.  Thus, if the child is experiencing concussion-like symptoms, including dizziness, nausea, sensitivity to light or noise, or appears dazed or confused, the child should be removed from play immediately. Contrary to popular belief, concussions can occur without loss of consciousness, so a child’s coach needs to be able to recognize a concussion even when the victim remains conscious. In the case of a concussion, the child should be evaluated by a medical professional and the child’s parents or guardians should be informed of his or her possible injury. If the child is diagnosed with a possible concussion, he or she should not return to play until cleared by a medical professional.

Though helmets should absolutely be worn in contact sports in order to reduce the damage that may be caused by a blow to the head, helmets cannot prevent concussions, but only reduce the damage that may be caused by a skull fracture or severe brain injury.

Concussions and their dangers are well-known. Today’s coaches and medical professionals are responsible for recognizing possible signs of concussions and taking appropriate action in order to minimize the damage of a concussion and prevent future damage.

If your child’s concussion was caused or made worse by someone’s negligent action, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit. It may be complicated to determine who may be liable for a sports-related concussion affecting youth athletes.  Contact an experienced Concussion and Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer in the Pennsylvania, New Jersey or New York Offices of the Locks Law firm today for a free, confidential consultation and case evaluation.

Contact a Locks Law Firm Concussion and Traumatic Brain Injury Attorney

If you or a loved one has suffered head trauma or other injuries or death caused by concussions while playing football or other sports, contact an experienced Concussion and Traumatic Brain Injury Attorney at the Locks Law Firm today to schedule a free, confidential consultation and case evaluation.

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