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Sports That May Present Risk of Head Injuries


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10/15/2013
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Although fractures, strains, dislocations and other types of injuries can happen with any sport, one of the most serious is a head injury. It could not only sideline a player for a game or an extended period of time; it may even result in life-threatening or life-altering complications. Certain types of sports may present risk for this kind of injury.

Sports and Head Injuries

The most recognized sport when it comes to head injuries is football. Even though players wear helmets to protect their head, the impact of a collision can still cause damage.

Recently the National Football League (NFL) reached a $765,000,000 settlement with thousands of players who had filed suit for head injuries and brain damage suffered as a result of repeated concussions. Greater awareness is now being raised with regard to the risks of a concussion and continuing to play when it’s not safe.

But football isn’t the only sport where participants can sustain head injuries. There are a number of sports or recreational activities that can put children at risk for a head injury:

  • soccer;
  • bicycling;
  • hockey;
  • basketball
  • softball/baseball;
  • gymnastics;
  • skateboarding;
  • ice skating;
  • boxing;
  • rugby/lacrosse; and
  • water sports.

Many are making efforts to reduce the risk of a head injury. For instance, in the NFL initiating helmet-to-helmet contact is now prohibited. Many leagues and school districts are enforcing new rules designed to make the game safer, too.

An example is the Georgia Return to Play Act of 2013, which requires coaches to remove a player from the game if he or she shows signs of a concussion. And a healthcare provider must give a clearance before the player can return.

If your child sustained serious injuries because of improper management of a head injury, seek legal counsel with Jason R. Schultz. Call 404-474-0804 to set up a consultation.



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