Are Concussions a Concern in Football?

Concussions on are the rise as football participation drops. Football is one of the most popular sports in America but also can be one of the most dangerous. Concussions caused by contact sports such as football is a growing trend. If left untreated, concussions could result in long-term brain damage and could even be fatal. The American Academy of Pediatrics reported that ER visits for concussions in kids ages 8 to 13 years old has doubled, and concussions have risen nearly 200 percent among 14 – 19 year olds in the last decade.

Sports Concussion Statistics

  • 3,800,000 injuries reported in 2012
  • 33% of all sports concussions happened at practice
  • 39% amount by which cumulative concussions are shown to increase catastrophic head injury leading to permanent neurological disability
  • 47% of all reported sports concussions happened during high school football
  • 33% of high school athletes who have a sports concussion report two or more in the same year

What is a Concussion?

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury that occurs when a head impact shakes the brain inside the skull. Concussions could cause serious and possible permanent damage to the brain. Some may have obvious symptoms of a concussion while others may not.

Possible Signs of a Concussion

  • Dizziness/headache
  • Balance issues
  • Nausea
  • Blurred vision
  • Sensitive to light or noise
  • Difficulty remembering/confused
  • Loss of focus
  • Sleeping more than usual
  • Easily angered
  • Nervous of anxious
  • Sad or depressed

High School Football Participation

According to NFHS, football participation numbers continue to decrease across the country and Illinois. Is participating worth the risk of a brain injury? The increased number of concussions could be why many athletes choose not to play.

Concussion Prevention

  • Always play by the rules
  • Teach your children to respect the rules of the game
  • Wear appropriate equipment for your sport and make sure it fits properly
  • Learn and use proper technique for your sport

Many events could cause a traumatic brain injury such as playing football or being involved in an auto accident. Any jolt or shake to the brain could be serious and you should always consult a medical professional.  If you have been injured due to someone else's negligence you should contact our experienced attorneys.


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