According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1.6 to 3.8 million sports- and recreation-related traumatic brain injuries, such as concussions, occur each year. Most concussions go undiagnosed and untreated, which increases the risk of serious long-term effects in athletes. In light of the media’s recent attention on the NFL and NHL players’ lawsuits, parents might understandably be concerned for the safety of their children. Parents can protect their children by recognizing the signs of a concussion and following a few helpful tips.
One of Hudson County’s most talented high school football players landed in a Philadelphia hospital with a potentially life-threatening head injury last weekend after he collapsed on the sideline during a playoff game in South Jersey.
Three weeks after sustaining a concussion during a regular season game, Marist running back D’Ondre Robinson was pulled from his team’s 55-6 loss to St. Joseph of Hammonton last Saturday when he began suffering from a headache, he told The Jersey Journal during a phone interview Tuesday night.
Rep. Joyce Beatty, D-Jefferson Township, and Rep. Charlie Dent, R-Pa., are cosponsors of a bill that threatens to withhold federal funding from colleges and universities that do not work to protect their student-athletes. Yesterday, they invited lawmakers and Capitol Hill staff to an hourlong briefing on the issue of concussions in sports.
More than 40 percent of Americans support a ban on youth playing contact football up until entering high school, according to a survey of 1,003 adults by the Robert Morris University Polling Institute Powered by Trib Total Media.
Given studies showing “adult-sized impacts” that youth as young as seven years old are receiving, a significant percent of Americans, 40.5 percent, support a ban on youth playing contact football. Another 48.4 percent were opposed to such a ban and 11.1 percent were unsure. Among only those with an opinion – support for a ban prior to entering high school was 45.5 percent compared to 54.5 percent opposed.
After a concussion, women tend to have worse symptoms than men. That’s the case even when athletes were injured playing the same sport, according to a new study of young soccer players. Some recent studies have found gender differences in
memory and other symptoms after concussions, with women generally doing worse.
With attention on concussions largely focused on professional football and men’s sports, these brain injuries may get overlooked in women’s sports.
Concussion experts agree that while football still sees the most concussions, every sport involving contact needs be aware of the issue. As Dr. Stacy Suskauer of the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore put it: “there really isn’t a sport that is concussion-proof.”
Attorneys for four former college athletes and the NCAA are in the midst of a mediation process that could settle a class-action lawsuit alleging that the governing body for college sports ignored a burgeoning concussion problem for decades.
Some experts believe the NCAA could have a harder time defending itself than the National Football League, which recently agreed to dole out $765 million to pay for injury settlements and medical monitoring and care for former players who suffered concussions and other brain injuries.