The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says brain injuries among young athletes have escalated 60 percent during the last 10 years. Between 2001 and 2009, traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) have gone from 153,375 to 248,418 in the U.S.
The reason is that more young people are being seen by doctors when they are injured, scientists suggest.
“There’s more awareness these days that it [TBI] can be a significant injury and there are many more concussions now because kids are getting involved with contact sports at an earlier age.”
The main sports involved have been bicycling, football, playground activities, basketball and soccer. The CDC reported that hospital emergency room visits were made by males 71 percent of the time.
The Assembly Education Committee recently heard witnesses testify that a bill should be passed to require young athletes who may have TBI to be immediately removed from the game or activity.
The bill would require these youngsters to be evaluated by specialists in traumatic brain injury before being able to return to the field. Written permission to return from the doctor would be required. The bill would apply to anyone between the ages of 11 and 19 participating in an organized sport.
Scientists have uncovered the fact that young athletes with TBI take longer to recover compared to adults. Young athletes also have a greater risk for more serious long-term effects from such injuries.
If your child has suffered a serious TBI, we may be able to help you seek financial compensation. Contact a traumatic brain injury lawyer today.