High school football is the most exciting thing for many young athletes, but a serious injury, like a concussion, can put a damper on that excitement. Concussions are often thought of as a bruise on the brain caused by contact, but in fact, a concussion can result simply from the rapid movement or shaking of the brain.
Because the brain is a mass of soft tissue, it is susceptible to bruising and nerve damage just like any other soft tissue. A concussion can have mild or serious repercussions depending on the severity of the event, and they tend to be more common in children because of their continuing growth.
Traumatic brain injuries can result if safety products are not properly constructed or if low-quality materials are used. If you or a loved one has suffered a damaging concussion because of a product defect or because of a coach’s negligence or carelessness, contact the Rhinelander personal injury lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, by calling 800-242-2874.
Many Americans suffer concussions every year in sports-related injuries. In fact, Time magazine published that between 43,000 and 67,000 concussions will occur in high-school football players each year. Many suggest that this number is easily underrepresented as a result of players’ inability to recognize concussions that go untreated.
Thankfully, concussions, their effects, and their proper diagnosis, are getting greater attention on a national scale. The NFL has been conducting significant research on the effects of concussions on the long-term health of their players.
The National Federation of State High School Associations has revised its concussion rules to be effective at the start of the 2010 high school football season. The rules now require that “any player who shows signs, symptoms or behaviors associated with a concussion must be removed from the game and shall not return to play until cleared by an appropriate health-care professional.” This new ruling will hopefully mitigate the long-term effects of concussions by making players, coaches, and training staff members more aware of the symptoms of a concussion.
For more information on concussions and how traumatic brain injuries can be the result of negligence, contact the Rhinelander personal injury lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, by calling 800-242-2874.