As research continues to show, traumatic brain injuries may not cause many obvious short-term problems, but long-term effects include severe neurological deficiencies and psychological problems. According to the Roseville Press Tribune, more than 300,000 U.S. athletes suffer traumatic brain injuries every year, including 60,000 high school athletes, but many high school athletes continue to incur head trauma hundreds of times a week during practices and games. Traumatic brain injuries, including seemingly insignificant blows, occur more frequently and have more serious consequences than previously thought.
More than 60 percent of former NFL players suffered at least one concussion in their careers, and 26 percent had three or more. These numbers most likely do not include minor injuries suffered during their high school careers.
Those athletes who suffered concussions noted problems with memory, speech, headaches and concentration. In addition, depression, insomnia and personality defects affect victims of this type of head trauma. Though players involved in a head trauma accident should remain on the sidelines for the rest of the game, no one is sure how to monitor the victim before allowing him to return to the field.
Dr. Bruce Kaler recommends teaching better tackling techniques to reduce leading with the player’s head as well as making sports equipment changes, and he reports that professional and college authorities are changing contact sports rules.
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