June 9th, 2014|
More than 1.3 million Americans suffer blows to the head that result in a traumatic brain injury (TBI) each year. Athletes make up a large portion of those victims, which is why the risks of athletes suffering TBIs has received such a spotlight recently.
The movement was sparked when dozens of former professional football players filed a lawsuit against the National Football League claiming the organization had failed to warn them of the long-term health effects of suffering multiple TBIs. Players form the National Hockey League and several former professional boxers have filed similar lawsuits as well against their respective organizations in the wake of the claims coming forward.
Now, President Barack Obama has joined the fight against TBIs, saying more awareness is needed about the risks of players suffering concussions and other brain injuries on the field. According to an article from CBS 8 News, Obama added that more research is needed into the effects and treatment of brain injuries, especially in young athletes.
- Wear Protective Gear– Safety equipment is crucial—and required—in many sports.
- Learn Proper Technique– Injury can often be avoided if you are well trained in the activity you are participating in.
- Know the Symptoms– If you or a loved one take a blow to the head, watch for signs of injury such as confusion, dizziness, drowsiness, incoherency. If any of these symptoms are displayed, seek medical attention immediately.
- Get Legal Counsel– Brain injuries can be expensive and you may need to take legal action to get the compensation you need.