What Should Sarasota Parents Know about Concussions in Youth Sports

February 27, 2014

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concussions youth sportsAs the medical community learns more about the long-term consequences of sports-related concussions, many parents of young athletes are becoming increasingly concerned about the well-being of their children.

Below we take a look at some recent statistics related to concussions in youth sports, as well as some common causes and symptoms of these types of injuries.

Child Concussion Statistics

A concussion is a type of mild traumatic brain injury, or TBI. While these injuries are mild compared to other types of brain injuries, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cautions that all concussions are serious and should be treated appropriately.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 500,000 children aged 0 to 14 visit the emergency room for a traumatic brain injury each year. In 2009, some 248,000 children were taken to emergency rooms for treatment for traumatic brain injuries that were sustained through sports or other recreation.

According to the non-profit concussion prevention organization Cleared to Play, approximately 400,000 concussions occurred in high school sports during the 2008-2009 school year. High school athletes who have suffered a concussion are three times more likely that their peers to suffer another concussion in the same season.

Causes of Concussions in Youth Sports

Concussions are caused by blows or jolts to the head that cause the brain to shift within the skull, resulting in trauma to the brain and a temporary disruption of healthy brain function.

When it comes to high-contact youth sports like football, hockey, soccer and basketball, concussions are often caused by colliding with other players, being struck by equipment or striking one’s head against the floor or ground.

Symptoms of Concussion in Youth Sports

Some common symptoms to watch for after an athlete has sustained a blow or jolt to the head include:

  • Confusion or disorientation
  • Poor coordination
  • Loss of memory
  • Trouble thinking clearly or concentrating
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Sensitivity to light or noise
  • Loss of consciousness

Do you have a family member who has been seriously injured in youth sports? Our child injury lawyers may be able to stand up for your rights.

A concussion can have long-term consequences that may be difficult to predict in the immediate aftermath of an accident. Although most children recover from a concussion with no lasting symptoms, even mild traumatic brain injuries can lead to complications resulting in permanent disabilities.

If your child has been severely injured because of another person’s carelessness, it may be time to call the child injury lawyers of Abrahamson & Uiterwyk. Our injury law team can evaluate your case for free and may be able to stand up for your family’s rights. Call us today at 941-677-2853 to get started.