Autumn is one of the most active seasons for youth sports, with many soccer, basketball, football and hockey leagues in full swing all across the country. Youth sports are a crucial aspect of the growth and development for many children, but more than ever it is essential for parents, teachers and administrators to keep kids protected and learn the facts about concussions and Traumatic Brain Injuries.
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is an acquired injury occurring when a sudden trauma causes damage to the brain. TBI can be the outcome when the head suddenly and violently hits an object, or when an object pierces the skull and enters the brain. The leading cause of traumatic brain injuries are falls; however, they can be caused by a variety of factors, including car accidents, sports injuries, defective products and medical malpractice. A concussion is a form of TBI caused by a blow to the head or body that disrupts normal brain functions.
National media outlets have provided extensive coverage about concussions and head injuries in professional sports leagues such as the NFL and NHL, but participants in youth sports face similar risks of suffering the lifelong effects of TBI. Additionally, car accidents, falls and other events can be just as serious in causing concussions or TBI as a head-to-head collision.
It is not always immediately obvious when someone has suffered a concussion or brain injury, but here are some tips to help keep you and your family protected from serious brain injuries and concussions.
Learn the facts
If you or your child are seriously injured during a contact sport, a car accident, a serious fall, or any other type of traumatic event, keep a sharp eye out for the following symptoms:
- Headaches or pressure in head
- Temporary loss of consciousness
- Confusion or amnesia surrounding the collision or traumatic event
- Dizziness or “seeing stars”
- Nausea or vomiting
- Loss of balance
- Fatigue or listlessness
- Changes in eating and/or sleeping patterns
- Slurred speech
- Loss of interest in favorite activities
Get a Baseline Test
Every brain is different, but a baseline test will help you and your family doctor establish “normal” brain activities and functionality. In the event of a collision, concussion or traumatic brain injury, brain scans can shed light on how differently the brain is performing compared to its “baseline” functionality. This testing can be crucial in determining injury severity and treatment options.
Daggett Shuler Personal Injury Lawyers represent people throughout the state of North Carolina in Traumatic Brain Injury liability cases. Our team is dedicated to representing the rights of the individuals injured by the negligent conduct of others. If you or a loved one has been the victim of the negligent acts of another, call Daggett Shuler, Personal Injury law firm for a consultation.
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