Head Injuries and Sports
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.
Contact Sports and Concussions
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.
Recognizing a Concussion
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:
- Difficulty balancing
- Sensitivity to light
- Blurred vision
- Ringing in the ears
- Irritability or emotional disturbances
If you, or your child, experience these symptoms after hitting your head, seek medical help immediately for an official diagnosis.
Preventing a Sports-Related TBI
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):
- Remove tripping hazards from any recreational area.
- Always play games and recreational activities on grassy areas or on areas that have wooden chips – not concrete.
- Always wear a helmet when riding a bike, motorcycle, scooter, ATV/UTV, etc.
- Wear a helmet when roller skating or roller blading.
- Wear a helmet when playing contact sports like football, ice hockey, or boxing.
- Wear a helmet when horseback riding, playing baseball, and skiing and snowboarding.
- Watch for helmet recalls, and replace any helmets that appear damaged or broken.
- Never dive into a pool under 6 feet deep. Don't run around a pool area, and refrain from horseplay.
Learn More About Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Basic Brain Information
- Diagnosing a Traumatic Brain Injury
- Preventing Brain Injuries
- Brain Injury Statistics
- Sports-Related TBI News
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