An athletic activity needs not to be a combat sport, such as boxing or MMA, to cause brain trauma. Nor do the participants have to be adults to face severe injury risks. Many young persons competing in high school and college sports find themselves at significant risk for traumatic brain injuries. Florida parents and guardians may wish to keep a careful eye on the children’s sports injuries, as they could be worse than believed.
Brain injuries and sports
Brain injuries could derive from many different incidents. Slips and falls may lead to fractured skulls. Numerous car accidents cause harm to the brain. However, a study published in 2019 reveals that sports are the main cause of traumatic brain injuries to young people.
Sports and recreational activities contributed to 38.3% of traumatic brain injuries suffered by young persons between the ages of 15 and 19. Shockingly, 59.3% of children and young teens between ages 10 to 14 also suffered from sports-related TBIs.
Even with good quality safety equipment and proper training, a young athlete could suffer devastating injuries. Some sports come with contact, which increases the dangers. Tragically, some injuries could result from negligence.
Negligence and youth sports
When a drunk driver hits another car and inflicts injuries on its occupants, most understand the intoxicated driver could face a liability suit. The same might be true when coaches, school officials, or others’ actions or non-actions cause someone to suffer harm.
Young persons forced to play when fatigued or after suffering a minor injury may get hurt worse. A bullying coach may then face a lawsuit for any inflicted brain injuries.
Traumatic brain injuries could leave the victim suffering for the rest of their life. Care may become expensive. A personal injury suit might offer compensation to address such expenses.