Even One Concussion Can Be Too Many

Athletes are often treated like royalty. They’re the heroes, role models, and inspirational figures whose faces are widely recognized. Emulated by children and adults alike, they also are often the recipients of generous paychecks and endorsement deals. It’s no wonder many college athletes aspire to go pro, following groundwork laid in high school to be the best they can be. The message is to play hard. Go big or go home. No pain, no gain.

However, a recent study of head trauma on young athletes concluded that even a single concussion can have lasting effects on intellectual, physical, and mental functioning.
More and more research is emerging on this topic, all with results that point to the notion that even single concussions are not to be taken lightly. In 2013, NPR reported that 10 to 20 percent of people who experience concussions for the first time develop chronic problems, such as complications with mood, depression, anxiety, headaches, trouble with balance, difficulty thinking, inattentiveness, or having a hard time concentrating. What’s even more alarming is that children may be more susceptible to concussions than adults, due to the continual growth of their frontal lobe. Younger brains are therefore more vulnerable to injury – and there are lots of young athletes getting injured. According to a recent nationwide tally of medical claims by Blue Cross Blue Shield, the number of diagnosed concussions among people under the age of 20 increased 71 percent between 2010 and 2015. If the rate for just girls is isolated, the number climbed to 119 percent during that time. In fact, the “bad effects from concussions can continue years after the trauma, and brain experts say that damage to delicate neurons can also accumulate over time, even with repeated head injuries that don’t reach the level of concussion.” If you suspect your child may have a concussion, better to be safe than sorry. Seek immediate medical help. Your child’s doctor can determine the seriousness of the injury and advise when it’s safe for him or her to return to sports. It’s imperative that school-age children wear protective gear, such as helmets, during both games AND practices. If a student returns to sports or other activities before they’re fully healed, another head injury is likely to result in more permanent damage. Signs and symptoms of a concussion may include:
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Balance problems, dizziness
  • Double or blurry vision
  • Sensitivity to light or noise
  • Headache or a feeling of “pressure” in the head
  • Feeling sluggish, groggy, or dazed
  • Difficulty paying attention
  • Memory problems
  • Confusion
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Sleeping problems
  • Mood changes
  • Changes in behavior.
If you have any questions about this topic, or if you believe that another party may be liable for your concussion or that of a loved one, trust your case to the brain injury attorneys at the Johnson Law Firm. We have years of experience helping people, and we can help you. Our knowledgeable legal team will work closely with you every step of the way. Based in Pikeville, KY, we proudly serve communities throughout the Bluegrass State. To schedule a free, confidential consultation, contact us by calling 606-437-4488 or filling out our online form.

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