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Brain Injuries in Sports

Even with the proper safety gear, contact and non-contact sports alike pose a significant risk of traumatic brain injury (TBI) to athletes. Concussion is one of the most common sports injuries, with an estimated 250,000 concussions and eight deaths due to head injuries occurring each year in football alone. Get the facts on the dangers of brain injuries in sports.

A Common and Severe Injury

20% of football players suffer a concussion during a football season, and some more than once. Repeated concussions can lead to brain injury and neuropsychological effects. In order to manage concussions in sports, the Colorado Medical Society set forth guidelines that categorize concussions into three grades and include recommended treatment for each grade:

  • Grade 1: Confusion Without Amnesia, No Loss of Consciousness. Treatment recommends removing the player from contest. Examine immediately and every five minutes for the development of amnesia or post-concussive symptoms. Permit the player to return to contest if amnesia does not appear and no symptoms appear for at least 20 minutes.

  • Grade 2: Confusion With Amnesia, No Loss of Consciousness. Treatment recommends removing player from contest and disallowing their return. Examine frequently for signs of evolving intracranial pathology. Permit to practice after one full week without symptoms.

  • Grade 3: Loss of Consciousness. Treatment recommends transporting the player to the nearest hospital by ambulance and performing neurologic evaluation. Admit to hospital if signs of pathology are detected. If findings are normal, keep patient for overnight evaluation. Permit to practice after two full weeks without symptoms.

In spite of the prevalence of brain injury in sports, many physicians, coaches, and athletic trainers dismiss the dangerous possibility of TBI and often allow an injured person to continue to play. There are various reasons for this, and none of them good enough to sacrifice a player’s health and future.

If you or someone you love received a sports-related brain injury, we can help you recover the compensation you deserve.

Contact Scarlett Law Group at (415) 688-2176 for a consultation today.


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