Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) occur in car accidents, slip-and-fall accidents, and in many other types of accidents. Sports and other recreational activities also cause thousands of TBIs a year, and they are very common in children.
Children and teens are more likely to suffer a TBI. If they do, they are more likely to experience long-term complications, and they take longer to recover than adults.
A common misconception is that concussions are not serious. But the truth is that even "getting your bell rung" can be serious. Concussions are known to cause effects more than a year after the injury, including problems concentrating, cognitive (thinking) impairments, and headaches. People who suffer repeated concussions – like many professional football players – have permanent brain damage.
Many athletes suffer hits to the head when playing contact sports. Recognizing a concussion and treating it properly can help prevent further injury.
Even if athletes don't lose consciousness, a medical professional should examine them before they are allowed to reenter the competition or game. In fact, lawmakers in Pennsylvania have approved a bill that seeks to educate coaches and parents about the seriousness of concussions.
One important way to help prevent injuries and deaths in athletes is to know how to recognize a concussion. There are several common symptoms to watch for:
If you, or your child, experience these symptoms after hitting your head, seek medical help immediately for an official diagnosis.
Playing any type of sport involves some risk, but you can help minimize your child's risk of a TBI by teaching them these simple tips (and following them yourself as well):
If you suffered a concussion or another traumatic brain injury, get a free legal consultation now. Remember, the insurance company won't look out for your best interest. Edgar Snyder & Associates is ready to help you get the money you need for your bills and future medical care.
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