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Team Sports and Head Injuries

September brings kids back to school and back to the sports field. Concussions and other types of head injuries can occur during many sports, especially football. The reality of a sport like football is that a good number of kids will walk away from the field with bumps and bruises that will heal in time. While these minor injuries may not be too concerning, bumps to the head are a different story. Kids can still suffer concussions despite the use of safety equipment, such as helmets. Concussions in a number of sports are unfortunately common and must be treated seriously.

Do children recover from Traumatic Head Injuries better than adults?

There is a myth that children recover from TBI better than adults. The myth rests on the idea that a developing brain can heal better than a fully mature one. In fact, because a child’s brain is not completely developed, it may take years to realize the effects of the brain injury. Children who suffer a TBI may actually face more long-term challenges than adults. Even if the child seems to have recovered physically and is doing normally in school, there may be difficulties that arise later.

Are symptoms following a TBI visible immediately?

The symptoms of a TBI are not always immediately obvious after the accident. A person who suffers a TBI may only feel different several days, weeks or months later, when they return to work, school or resume their usual daily activities.

Symptoms of a Traumatic Brain Injury usually fall into 4 categories:

1. Thinking/Remembering: feeling slowed down, difficulty thinking clearly, concentrating and remembering new information.

2. Physical: headache, fuzzy or blurry vision, nausea or vomiting (early on), dizziness, sensitivity to noise or light, balance problems, feeling tired, having no energy.

3. Emotional/Mood: irritability, sadness, more emotional, nervousness or anxiety.

4. Sleep: sleeping more or less than usual, trouble falling asleep.

If a Traumatic Brain Injury results from the negligence of another person, the TBI victim may be entitled to compensation for the injury and the resulting disability. Cantini Law|Droit has been representing clients with Traumatic Brain Injuries for over 35 years. You can also learn more about TBI by downloading our eBook or byContacting Us at 1-800-606-2529.

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