Study Shows Younger Athletes Remain at Serious Risk of Traumatic Brain Injuries

by Staff Blogger | October 31st, 2013

October 31, 2013

A settlement is being reached between the National Football League and thousands of former players regarding the league’s failure to warn players about the dangers of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). Now, more emphasis is being placed on educating young athletes about TBIs. The Roanoke Brain Injury Lawyers with Skolrood Law Firm explain the move couldn’t have come soon enough, considering a new study shows high school athletes continue to suffer TBIs because of a “culture of resistance.”

A story from WDBJ 7 News states the research was conducted by the National Academy of Sciences and examined reports from emergency room visits collected by the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System. From this information, the researchers were able to conclude that high school football players were twice as likely as college players to suffer concussions or TBIs during games or practices.

Football players aren’t the only athletes at risk though. The study showed female athletes faced a greater chance of suffering head injuries. Furthermore, women’s hockey had the highest rate of concussions overall.

Experts say the problem lies in a reliance on ineffective equipment to prevent injuries, as well as a culture amongst athletes to rush back to the field without completing treatment and rehabilitation.

Skolrood Law Firm’s team of Roanoke Personal Injury Lawyers urges players to educate themselves on contact techniques that can reduce the chances of injury and to always obey medical orders if injuries are sustained.