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The Dark Side of Athletics: Concussions

With the Olympics dominating the news and television, there's been a lot of discussion about athletes and the lengths they go to excel in their sports.

While fun to watch and participate in, athletics can be dangerous. Each year, an estimated 1.6 million Americans suffer from concussions that occur in professional, collegiate and youth sports. What's worse, eighty-five percent of these concussions go undiagnosed and those that suffer them return back to the field.

When you suffer a concussion, the worst thing you can do is "tough it out." Getting back on the field after a concussion increases your risk of developing long-term brain damage. Successive concussions in a period of hours or days can cause brain swelling and, in some cases, death.

For coaches and parents, recognizing the signs of concussion is important to making sure athletes stay safe. A player may have suffered a concussion if he or she:

  • Appears dazed or stunned
  • Is confused about assignment or position
  • Is unsure of game, score, or opponent
  • Moves clumsily
  • Answers questions slowly
  • Loses consciousness (even briefly)
  • Shows behavior or personality changes

Fortunately, most players recover from concussions within a few weeks. Sometimes, however, the consequences can be serious and debilitating. Traumatic brain injury can change an individual's personality, cause depression and otherwise disrupt a previously healthy life.

If you know a player who has suffered a serious concussion or a series of concussions due to negligence on the part of coaching staff or those maintaining sporting equipment, it might be time to contact the Kyle Law Firm. Our lawyers will help to pursue your case and win you the compensation you deserve. Contact the Kyle Law Firm today to set up a free consultation.

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