When a head injury occurs, it can be a cause for concern. Though some injuries are minor, many should be taken seriously. Concussions are head injuries that should be prevented and, if sustained, closely monitored. In the National Football League (NFL), these injuries are incredibly prevalent, and the organization should be more proactive in preventing them from occurring.
The Repercussions of Concussions in the NFL
Concussions are one of the most controversial issues in contact sports today. Though head injuries are prevalent in other sports, football is known to have one of the highest risks of concussions. These head injuries often cause the most serious brain injuries. In order to prevent them, the NFL has attempted to work with helmet manufacturers to produce sturdier equipment for players.
Concussions and severe brain injuries can cause someone to have horrific outbursts, similar to symptoms of PTSD. Certain head injuries resulting from concussions have been found to be a root cause of early-onset dementia. Due to the prevalence of NFL head injuries, it has become fairly common for players to retire at a young age after suffering several concussions.
Though NFL players can sustain a variety of other play-related injuries, such as ACL or MCL tears, these physical ailments are most often not life-threatening. Concussion-related brain injuries can be life-threatening and should not be taken lightly.
The Dangers of Concussions
A concussion is the result of a blow, bump, or jolt to the head or a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. This sudden movement can cause the brain to bounce or twist in the skull, creating chemical changes in the brain and sometimes stretching or damaging brain cells.
Because every brain injury is different, some symptoms of a concussion may appear right away, while others may not show up for days or weeks afterward. Sometimes the injury is hard to recognize or the player doesn’t want to admit to having problems. The signs of a concussion can also be subtle. Early on, players, family members, and doctors may miss side effects. People can look fine even if they feel differently. Some of the most common signs of a concussion or TBI include:
- A loss of or change in consciousness, anywhere from a few seconds to a few hours
- A decreased level of consciousness, being hard to awaken
- Convulsions or seizures
- Unequal dilation in the pupils of the eyes or double vision
- Clear fluids draining from the nose or ears
- Nausea and vomiting
- Slurred speech and weakness of arms, legs, or face, resulting in loss of balance
- Poor judgment
- Memory loss
Houston Concussion Attorneys
Concussions are serious injuries that should not be taken lightly. At Raizner Slania LLP, we understand the frustrations many players face following one or multiple head injuries that could have been prevented. We represent many clients in concussion-related lawsuits against the NCAA, schools, and other athletic conferences. If you or someone you know suffered head injuries after sports-related concussions, contact the attorneys at Raizner Slania today.