Many parents enroll their children in sports so that they can get exercise, learn the game, and have fun playing with a team of friends. Parents don’t expect their children to become injured, but unfortunately, it can happen. In fact, according to a report issued by the Youth Sports Safety Alliance, it happens to about 8,000 young athletes who visit emergency rooms each day because of sports-related injuries.
What Parents of Child Athletes Should Know About Sports-Related Injuries
Parents often assume that their children are in good hands when they play sports. They think that the coaches are knowledgeable in health and safety and that trainers are available at all times to help. Before you sign your children up for recreational sports, you should know the truth about traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) and the youth athletic system. The following are some interesting facts:
- Nearly 16 percent of football players who sustained concussions severe enough to cause loss of memory returned to play the very same day.
- High school athletes who become concussed are three times as likely to sustain the injury again for the same reason.
- In soccer, the concussion rate for females is 68 percent higher than it is for males. What’s even more surprising is that in basketball, female concussion rates are higher than males.
- A shocking 47 percent of schools nationally fall below the federally recommended nurse-to-student ratio. Sadly, some schools don’t have any nurses at all.
- High school athletes experience 2 million injuries, 500,000 doctor visits, and 30,000 hospitalizations each year.
- Over 60 percent of injuries occur during practices.
- There are three times as many catastrophic football injuries among high school athletes than there are college athletes.
When Wrongful Death Occurs, We Can Help
There’s no excuse for negligence that contributes to the death of a young person. If this happened to someone you know, you may be able to receive compensation for wrongful death. The attorneys at Wayne Wright LLP want to help you get the justice you deserve. Schedule your free consultation with a compassionate legal professional by calling 800-237-3334.