August 27th, 2014|
Football can be a fun and entertaining pastime, but playing the game comes with inherent dangers. One of the most significant risks a football player faces is a traumatic brain injury (TBI).
The American Association of Neurological Surgeons estimate as many as one in five high school and collegiate football players will suffer at least one brain injury over the course of a single season. These numbers leave many wondering what’s being done to better protect players from such harm.
Not only have many sports organizations adopted new policies for the treatment of players suspected of sustaining head injuries, but programs are now teaching athletes to use a “heads up” tackling technique that can reduce impact on the head when hitting.
Technology is also improving safety in the game. One such device is the Shockbox® helmet sensor. This product can help identify and warn players, coaches, and parents alike when athletes have taken particularly hard blows to the head that should be further examined.
The Indiana personal injury lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin have seen the impact that TBIs can have and are encouraged by the latest developments in safety technology. We encourage all parents, players, and coaches to educate themselves on the risks posed by TBIs.
August 22nd, 2013|
August 7, 2013
With school getting back into full swing and many students preparing for the fall season of scholastic sports, parents, coaches, and athletes alike are being reminded of the serious risks a Traumatic Brain Injury can pose.
All Indiana schools must now abide by certain policies regarding the treatment and monitoring of potential brain injuries, like concussions. These policies require that information about brain injuries be distributed amongst coaches, athletes, and their parents. According to an article published by The Kokomo Tribune, all participants and their legal guardians must also sign consent form acknowledging the risks of brain injuries. Furthermore, coaching staff must remove any player exhibiting the signs of a brain injury from play until they receive clearance from a medical specialist.
Football players are also now being trained in practice not to lower their heads when making or taking a tackle in order to reduce the chances of injury. At least 50 players have died as the result to f brain injuries sustained in tackles over the last ten years.
The policy changes came after an increased number of athletes suffering brain injuries were reported, culminating with the serious injury of a Marion High School football player in 2008.
The Terre Haute Personal Injury Lawyers with the law firm of Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin applaud the efforts being made to protect young athletes from the effects of brain injuries. The firm hopes the new regulations reduce the number of brain injuries that occur each year.