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Youth in Sports Suffering Alarming Numbers of Head Concussions

There has been a lot in the news over the past few years about the multitudes of concussions among NFL players through the years. Just last April, a federal judge gave final approval to a class-action lawsuit settlement between the National Football League and thousands of former players.

Now there is even a movie about concussions, starring Will Smith. “Concussion” is about the Nigerian native Dr. Bennet Omalu, a neropathologist who discovered a brain disease found in athletes who endured a history of head trauma. It comes out Christmas Day. See the trailer here:

In the meantime, we’re now hearing much more about how traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and concussions are not limited to professional players. More and more evidence is being uncovered about these same injuries hurting our youth – especially in the high school ranks.

Late last year WTHR-TV (Channel 13) in Indianapolis aired a series of reports tracking high school concussions.

Reporters obtained the state’s latest concussion numbers from the Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA). The IHSAA released its first five months of data collection, which showed 1,219 students suffered concussions while participating in 17 different high school sports in the fall of 2014. The true totals are probably more as concussion reports were only submitted by 189 of the association’s 410 schools.

Nationally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported that in one year, close to 248,418 children under the age of 20 suffered sports or recreation-related injuries that lead to a diagnosis of a concussion, or TBI.
The vast majority of those concussions in Indiana (88%) were suffered by students playing football and soccer, followed by volleyball, basketball, and wrestling.

So what’s being done? Many schools across the country have thrown in the towel. They’ve totally eliminated hard-hitting sports from their programs.

In Indiana, for example, besides increasing awareness of the increasing problem of head injuries among students, there has been a movement to remove low-rated football helmets. Most of our schools now supply helmets to players that are rated among the best available.

Beginning this fall there are now about a dozen Indiana high schools and universities using high-tech monitoring systems “to track athlete safety on every play,” according to another WTHR report.

These helmets now hold Riddell’s InSite sensor technology, which alerts the team’s athletic trainer the moment a player takes a hit hard enough to cause a possible concussion. It helps coaches and trainers know when to initiate a concussion protocol to determine whether a player should sit out and get medical attention or go back in the game.

Truth is, the potential for a concussion exists in places other than the athletic fields. There is a risk for brain injury in a regular gym class and on the playgrounds. While most schools are doing their best to improve the safety of their students, there are still signs of negligence out there.

If you feel that an injury to your son or daughter might be caused by an irresponsible teacher, coach, or an entire school system, Theodoros & Rooth wants to know about it.

The safety of our kids at school is something we are extremely interested in and concerned about at our firm.
Whether it is a football injury that may have been caused by faulty or inadequate gear or a fall from dangerously outdated playground equipment, contact us and tell us the circumstances.

We’ve had over 110 years collective experience in all aspects of personal injury law, including many cases of negligence that have caused head, neck, and other injuries that have resulted in serious permanent injury or even death. Your consultation is always free and there is no charge until we win or settle your case.