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Concussions Among Young Athletes

According to a recent study from the Datalys Center for Sports Injury Research and Prevention, coaches who have completed training in USA Football’s “Heads-Up Football” program are, on average, better-suited to prevent injuries among their players. In particular, athletes playing for these coaches – on 100 teams and in ten leagues in several states nationwide – were 34% less likely to suffer a concussion during practice and 29% less likely during games.

In recent years, there has been controversy over concussions and other head injuries among athletes, particularly in youth sports; although football is the primary target, hockey and soccer have been criticized, as well. USA Today claims that the most common injuries treated in emergency rooms (among young athletes) are, in order: strains and sprains, bone fractures, contusions, and concussions. While concussions rank fourth on the list, they often have more significant long-term implications and currently account for about 9% of all injuries among high school athletes.

If your child may have suffered a concussion during a sporting event, it is imperative to get medical attention as soon as possible to diagnose the injury and ensure that it is treated properly. Recovering from a single concussion may be relatively brief, but suffering a second concussion before healing fully from the first can have devastating consequences. This should be prevented at all costs; athletes who suffer concussions, especially young athletes, should always make full recoveries before returning to action.

Some injuries among young athletes may be due to negligence – often, but not always, relating to lack of supervision – on behalf of coaches, trainers, or other adults responsible for overseeing games and practices. Although adolescents suffer over 170,000 traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) each year in sporting events, it is uncertain how many of these injuries result directly from negligence.

If your child has received a concussion during a sporting event, contact Mike Agruss Law, LLC for a free consultation. We are a Chicago-based injury law firm representing individuals (and their families) who have suffered an injury in an accident. We will handle your case quickly and advise you every step of the way, and we will not hesitate to go to trial for you.

Lastly, Mike Agruss Law is not paid attorney’s fees unless we win your case. Our no-fee promise is that simple. You have nothing to risk when you hire us – only the opportunity to seek justice.

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