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Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) Are a Danger in Youth Athletics

Traumatic brain injuries, or TBI, are not uncommon for the estimated 38 million children and adolescents who participate in organized sports each year. Florida brain injury lawyers are all too familiar with these sports-related injuries. A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that between 2001 and 2005, at least 207,830 people were treated for non-fatal sports and recreation-related brain injuries in emergency rooms.

The highest rate of traumatic brain injuries was in the age group of 10 to 14-year-olds. This was true for both boys and girls. The second-highest rate was for 15 to 19-year-olds.

The CDC has some recommendations to help prevent brain injuries in sports and recreational activities:

  • Use appropriate protective equipment
  • Make sure the protective equipment fits and is worn properly
  • Follow safety policies
  • Follow the rules of the sport

Behavioral signs of a concussion or other athletic brain injury include:

  • Appearing dazed or stunned
  • Confusion about assignment or position
  • Forgetting instructions
  • Uncertainty about game, score, opponent
  • Clumsy movements
  • Answering questions unusually slowly
  • Even brief loss of consciousness
  • Personality changes
  • Inability to recall events prior to or after a fall or hit

Symptoms of brain injury that are reported by the athlete include:

  • Pressure in head
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Balance problems
  • Dizziness
  • Sensitivity to light or noise
  • Sluggishness, grogginess
  • Memory problems
  • Confusion
  • Not “feeling right” or “feeling down”

Some people with brain injuries may not experience symptoms for hours or days after the injury. Most people will recover quickly and fully. If symptoms persist, see a qualified medical professional.

Source: CDC “Concussion in Sports

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