Policies Amended to Better Protect Virginia’s Athletes from Brain Injuries

by Staff Blogger | March 14th, 2013

March 14, 2013

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data shows a 62 percent increase in the number of brain injuries sustained by athletes under the age of 19 over the past decade. These numbers have persuaded the state of Virginia to change its policies towards the treatment of brain injuries.

One high school trainer claimed to have diagnosed more than 30 cases of a Virginia Brain Injury at a single school during the past year. Similar numbers are being reported throughout the state and recently prompted lawmakers to adopt new policies on how schools should handle such incidents.

A story from NBC 29 News said state law now requires all athletes, parents, coaches, and staff to attend a concussion education course before hitting the field. Changes also are being made to the steps taken if an athlete suffers a brain injury.

Long gone are the days of a player getting up and “shaking it off”. Players suspected of having a brain injury are given an assessment to determine if an injury has occurred. The assessment is a timed set of questions the player must answer. If a player is determined to have sustained an injury, they are pulled from sports and their academic workload is lightened until they heal.

The Roanoke Personal Injury Attorneys with Skolrood Law Firm applaud the efforts state lawmakers have made in attempting to better protect young people from serious head injuries.