Concussions Receiving Attention From Media And California Lawmakers

by Staff Blogger | November 28th, 2011

November 28, 2011

Media coverage of the long-term effects National Football League (NFL) players have suffered from concussions has forced changes to the way high school athletes and their parentsĀ  and coaches are approaching these injuries. According to the Sacramento Bee, a new California state law will regulate how officials and teams must handle the injuries.

One research group’s findings explain that concussions may be the cause of a degenerative brain disease, which hundreds of ex-professional athletes have suffered from. These findings have had such an influence on some players that they have not gone back to the sport after receiving a concussion.

One California football player suffered three major concussions during the span of his high school football career. When the fourth major trauma occurred, he decided to call it quits.

California will begin enforcing new guidelines in January for the way sports officials handle head injuries. Referees have the right to remove a player from a game if they suspect a concussion. That player is not allowed back on the field, for practices or matches, until cleared by a healthcare specialist. Parents and coaches are also now required to sign a waiver form saying they understand the symptoms and effects a concussion could have on a student-athlete.

The California Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyers with Berg Injury Lawyers are encouraged by the new regulations lawmakers have put in place, and urge parents, coaches, and athletes to be mindful of concussions while on the field.