According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) a concussion “is a type of traumatic brain injury – or TBI – caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head or by a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. This sudden movement can cause the brain to bounce around or twist in the skull, creating chemical changes in the brain and sometimes stretching and damaging brain cells.”
The CDC reminds us that concussions are serious. The effects are not typically life-threatening, but they can be serious. Some symptoms of a concussion include:
2. Mood Swings
4. Suicidal or violent thoughts/actions
5. Memory Loss
Athletes are very susceptible to concussions. Football, hockey and soccer players are some of the leading sports that can lead to concussions. If you are an athlete, and suspect you have a concussion, you should see a doctor immediately. You should not return to your sport until you have been medically evaluated by a health care professional that is trained in evaluating and managing concussions. Do not return to your sport until you have been released for play, even if your coach and team are depending on you!
Protect To Prevent
If you or your child play football or hockey, it’s important to protect your head to minimize the risk of head injury. Wearing protective gear can prevent serious injuries and concussions. A helmet can absorb the impact energy of a fall or collision. While a helmet can help reduce the risk of injury, it cannot prevent all concussions. Following the rules of a game and practicing good sportsmanship are also important in preventing injury and concussions.
According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission there are different helmets for different activities. They also give helpful tips on choosing the right helmet for your particular needs, as listed below.
Choosing The Right Helmet
1. Make sure the helmet fits properly
2. Make sure you wear the helmet correctly
3. Use the chin strap when available
4. Don’t choose a style over safety
5. Avoid helmets that contain nonessential elements that protrude from it
6. Don’t add anything to the helmet
7. Avoid novelty and toy helmets
8. Make sure your helmet is snug and comfortable
9. Children should not wear a helmet when playing on playgrounds or climbing trees
10. Do not add extra padding or parts, or make any adjustments that are not specifically outlined in the manufacturer’s instructions
If you are a former NFL, NCAA or NHL player and you were exposed to a brain-altering concussion, contact Ligori & Ligori Attorneys at Law. We know that a team is important to you as an athlete. At our law firm, we also work as a solid team of highly trained attorneys, committed to helping you receive the maximum amount that you are owed for the pain and suffering caused by your sports-related concussion injury. Contact our office today to schedule a free consultation to discuss pursuing an NFL, NHL or NCAA concussion injury settlement.
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