Athletes At High Risk of Traumatic Brain Injury

Junior Seau’s family recently decided to donate his brain tissue to the National Institutes of Health to study the connection between sports injuries and traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), reminding the nation that athletics often pose serious health risks. Athletes from many backgrounds have died from TBIs, including NASCAR drivers, high school football players, Olympic cyclists, baseball players and motocross riders.

TBI Sports Injury Statistics

There are 173,285 sports-related visits to emergency rooms every year that involve TBIs, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Of those visits:

  • 70 percent involved people ages 10-19
  • 70 percent involved males
  • Most involved football, basketball, soccer, bicycling and playground activities
  • 31 percent involved injuries sustained in sports facilities; 21 percent occurred on school grounds

Overall, TBI sports injuries increased 60 percent in the last decade.

Spotting a Concussion

Failure to identify a TBI early on can cause long-term damage. The CDC has released information to help school aids and parents identify a concussion when it happens. Common symptoms include:

  • Confusion
  • Difficulty focusing
  • Delayed responses
  • Memory loss
  • Loses consciousness
  • Fatigue
  • Mood swings
  • Sluggishness
  • Persistent headaches or nausea
  • One pupil larger than the other
  • Unusual behavior

If your child exhibits any of these symptoms, a traumatic brain injury may have occurred. Consult a doctor first, and then talk to us: give us a call at (866) 377-3800, or submit a contact form. The consultation is free, and you may have options you were not aware of.

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