On behalf of The Frickey Law Firm posted on Wednesday, August 29, 2012.
Football in the United States is a tradition. Each year a new group of young boys ask their parents to sign them up for a youth football team for the first time. These little boys continue playing and eventually some of them will play for high school, college or pro teams. The boys will be very proud of their success in the sport, but they and their families may have serious concerns about their decision to play football years ago.
Football is one of the most dangerous sports a person can play. According to one article, sports are the second-leading cause of concussions for 15-19 year olds and half of these concussions are due to football. Concussions may seem to have become a commonplace discussion in recent years. This attention might be because of the danger of serious brain injury from concussions.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) explains that younger people can be more severely affected by concussions, which the CDC also calls traumatic brain injury. With this high amount of risk for concussions and brain injury for football players, what can parents do? One high school in Ohio will have all players wear the most protective helmets available in the market beginning this fall.
Even if a team protects their players with top of the line helmets, as long as football continues to be played in its current way, the risk of brain injury will remain. A high school student who gets multiple concussions could experience effects of these hard hits later in life. Recognizing the potential effects of brain injury is important.
For those who have already incurred a brain injury as a result of football, buying a new helmet may not be very helpful. Since brain injuries can affect a person’s life for a long time, medical costs and lost wages could add up quickly. Attaining compensation, if due, could help a person with a sports-related brain injury move forward in life.
Source: Visalia Times-Delta, “Can a helmet protect your child from concussions?” John Faherty, Aug. 24, 2012