Q What are the chances my child will experience a traumatic brain injury while playing sports?
Your child has played sports for as long as you can remember. She’s never been injured, but lately you’ve heard a lot about concussions, so you’re getting concerned. You’re terrified you’ll get a call that she was rushed to Saint Alphonsus for a head injury, and you want to prevent that from happening.
Along with discussing concussion protocol with her coach and ensuring your child wears the proper head protection while playing, knowing the signs of a possible traumatic brain injury are about all you can do to prevent such an injury from taking place.
Is Your Child at Risk for a TBI?
Although anyone is at risk for experiencing an accident that results in a traumatic brain injury, some are more prone than others. Several factors play a role in the risk, including:
- The sport. Boys and girls between the ages of 10 and 19 are most likely to experience head trauma from bicycling. Furthermore, boys often suffer from TBIs as a result of football, while girls are most at risk when playing soccer and basketball.
- The age. Teenagers between the ages of 15 and 19 are prone to experiencing head trauma. About 25 percent of the trauma in this age group is the result of being struck in the head by objects such as sports equipment or of hitting the ground hard.
- Gender. Girls typically experience more concussions than boys, which could be explained by smaller head-to-ball ratios or weaker necks. The greater female numbers could also be a result of more careful reporting by coaches. Some believe that coaches tend to respond more seriously when females get head injuries and are more inclined to treat and report them. Coaches may often allow—or even encourage—boys to continue playing despite their injuries.
Was Your Child Injured?
If your son or daughter received a TBI because of someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to receive financial compensation. Medical bills now and those that occur in the future because of the injury are quite expensive, and you shouldn’t be held responsible for those fees. Contact the Morton Law Offices today to learn how we may be able to help.