Child Athletes and Risks for Serious Injuries this Season

Child Athletes and Risks for Serious Injuries this Season With school back in session, it’s also time to lace up those cleats and get back on the field.  With the game on, our young athletes are facing some serious risks for accidents and injuries.  According to SafeKids.org, there are more than 1.3 million children who landed in an emergency room in 2012 because of a sports-related injury.

Our Boca Raton child injury lawyers understand that the most common injuries happen to the ankle (15 percent). But serious accidents, such as those involving the head, follow  a close second (14%).  When you figure that there is a child that winds up in the emergency room every three minutes you can start to see the severity of the problem.  And that bump to the head might be a little more serious that you thought.  As a matter of fact, more than 45 percent of sports-related concussions involve children ages 12 to 15.  It’s this age group that takes longer to recover from a concussion that older children and adults.

Injuries by Sport (for athletes 12 to 17 in 2011):

-Football, more than 275,000.

-Basketball, nearly 250,000 injuries.

-Soccer, more than 104,000 injuries

-Baseball, more than 61,500 injuries.

-Softball, over 39,000.

-Volleyball, close to 31,500.

In 2011, there were more than 46 million children who were involved in team sports.  It’s not uncommon to get the occasional bump or bruise.  On the other hand, too many of our young athletes are seriously injured playing sports.

But we can change the game, and it only takes a little preventative measures and education:

-Get educated about what you can do to help to prevent serious sports-related injuries.  Share this information with the other parents on your team and with the coaches.

-Teach your child skills to avoid an injury during play.

-Encourage all athletes to speak up if they feel that they’ve been injured.

-Support officials and coaches in their calls on preventing injuries

One of the most severe injuries sustained in children’s sports are concussions.  These are traumatic brain injuries (TBI) that can result in serious, lifelong problems.  Of the more than 1.3 million sports-related emergency room visits in 2012, more than 163,600 of them were concussions. With these injuries, serious and potentially fatal diffuse brain swelling is more common in children who have suffered a TBI than in adults with TBI.  Young children may struggle more with how to describe the way they feel as compared to teens or older children.

Symptoms Commonly Reported by Child Athletes:

-Headaches

-Vomiting

-Nausea

-Blurry vision or double vision.

-Sensitivity to noise or light.

-Having a tough time concentrating or focusing.

-Confusion.

Symptoms Observed by Parents/Coaches:

-Appearing confused or dazed.

-Confusion about their role on the field/court.

-Unaware of the game/score.

-Mood alterations.

-Failure to recall the hit to the head.

-Slow responses.

-Clumsy movements.

If you or someone you love has been injured in sporting accident, contact the Hollander Law Firm for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your case. Call us today at 1-888-751-7770.