Concussions can be serious injuries for anyone, especially young athletes. Caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head, a concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury, or TBI, that changes how the brain normally functions. Despite popular belief, it doesn’t take much to cause a serious head or brain injury. Even a slight bump or blow can cause a concussion.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that every year 173,285 people under the age of 20 require emergency treatment for sports-related traumatic brain injuries. In fact, during the last decade, the number of sports-related concussions and TBIs has increased by 60 percent. When compared to adults, children are much more likely to suffer a TBI and take longer to recover from this type of injury. While symptoms may appear to be mild, a TBI can often result in life-long impairments that can affect a child’s memory, learning pattern, behavior and emotions.
In order to recognize a concussion in your child, you should keep a watch out for any bumps, blows or jolts to your child’s head and any sudden changes in behavior, thinking or physical functioning. The following are some of the symptoms that may indicate your young athlete has suffered a concussion or TBI:
• Headache or Pressure in the Head
• Nausea and/or Vomiting
• Blurry Vision
• Sensitivity to Noise or Light
• Trouble Concentrating or Remembering Things
It is important to remember that you cannot see a concussion. Some athletes may not notice or experience any symptoms until hours or even days after the injury. Most people that suffer a concussion recover fully. However, failing to receive proper medical treatment can result in permanent brain damage.
Because concussions potentially have long-term effects, injured athletes should be removed from a game immediately and checked out by a physician. If a defective product or the negligence of someone else is to blame for the injury, a Spring Hill Brain Injury Attorney at Whittel & Melton can review the facts of your case and work to hold any responsible parties accountable for their actions. We can assist injury victims and their families throughout Hernando County, including Spring Hill, Brooksville, Ridge Manor, Weeki Wachee, Hernando Beach and Masaryktown. Contact us today at 352-666-2121.