Do you know what football, cheerleading, soccer, and gymnastics all have in common? They are just a few of the sports that put your child at risk for suffering a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Although playing in these sports seems harmless and fun—it can actually be quite dangerous. Numerous types of injuries can occur and many children will experience repeated head trauma over a period of time.
Preventing Traumatic Brain Injuries in Sports
January is National Winter Sports TBI Awareness month, and as a parent, it is your responsibility to keep your child safe. Knowing how head injuries—such as concussions and contusions—can help prevent these injuries from occurring. The following are a few guidelines:
Wear the proper equipment. Football, hockey, and lacrosse players, as well as those who wrestle, should always protect their heads by wearing helmets. Unfortunately, not all coaches are adamant about their players wearing them, and may not enforce the issue. As a result, your child could sustain a life-changing injury. Monitor your child—and his coach—to ensure that the proper equipment is used.
Talk to the coaches. Are you aware that exercises to make the neck stronger could actually prevent concussions? You may not be, but any coach who is educated and trained in TBIs should. Interview the coach and inquire about concussion protocol, how old the equipment is and if it has been updated based on current recommendations, and if the coach has been trained in first aid. If you don’t feel comfortable with the coach’s responses, you have the right to remove your child from the situation immediately.
Monitor your child. Always take your child to receive a medical examination immediately following any head trauma, no matter how minor it may seem. Monitor your child closely for TBI symptoms and follow the doctor’s advice. Not following through with the appropriate care could end up with deadly consequences.
When a Traumatic Brain Injury Results in Wrongful Death
You may not have been able to stop your child’s death, but you can certainly hold those responsible accountable for their negligence. The attorneys at Wayne Wright LLP may be able to help you win your wrongful death case and receive the compensation you deserve. Contact us today by calling 800-237-3334 and scheduling your FREE, no-obligation case evaluation.