When playing any sport in Pennsylvania and throughout the U.S., there is a chance at injury. This is true not just for athletics, for any activity. Some, however, are more dangerous than others due to their sheer nature. If it is a contact sport with hard surfaces, then logic states it is more likely that a person will have a head injury at some point. Unfortunately, a head injury can result in a traumatic brain injury and cause significant, even fatal, damage. Those who have been affected by an injury of this kind or lost a loved one because of it need to have a full investigation into the incident to determine if steps could have been taken to prevent it or to provide treatment in its immediate aftermath of a possible brain injury to avoid troublesome scenarios.
Football is an ingrained activity throughout Pennsylvania. It can be a dangerous sport to play. Just how dangerous is only now beginning to be fully understood. With the violence that is inherent in the game, there are inevitable injuries. Unfortunately, many of these are head injuries that result in brain trauma. Studies are constantly being conducted and information examined to determine the frequency of a traumatic brain injury in young football players.
People in Pennsylvania and elsewhere sometimes partake in activities that pose serious risks to their head. Whether it is a bicycle ride, motorcycle cruise, playing a contact sport or traveling in an automobile, only some of these activities provide specific safety equipment, such as a helmet, to protect the skull or brain in the event of a serious accident. The reality is that even a head injury that seems minute could present serious problems down the line.
No one ever expects to be in a serious accident. Even more so, victims do not expect to suffer serious injuries such as brain trauma. Brain injury victims in Pennsylvania and other states across the nation are likely to incur long-term effects. This not only impacts the victim physically, mentally and emotionally, but it is also likely to affect them financially. For some individuals suffering a traumatic brain injury or a TBI, the recovery and treatment process could be lengthy and challenging.
As previous posts on this Pennsylvanian blog have touched on, injuries to the head could result in a serious brain injury, impacting a victim for months, even years. A head trauma could occur suddenly and be the result of a wide variety of accidents.
Whether it is due to a fall in the workplace, an incident on another's property or a motor vehicle accident, suffering a head trauma will likely be a life-changing injury for victims in Pennsylvania and elsewhere. A traumatic brain injury or a TBI occurs when a victims suffers a bump, blow or jolt to the head. This injury disrupts the functions of the brain and could have serious long-term effects.
When an accident occurs, victims are often concerned with their safety and wellbeing. In fact, accident victims in Pennsylvania and elsewhere will look their body over, ensuring no major or even minor injuries were suffered. While this step helps them address major health concerns and injuries, this unfortunately does not help a victim address those injuries that do not have immediate signs and symptoms. One of those types of injuries is a head injury.
A recent report published in the Journal of Pediatrics concluded that high school athletes who stayed on the field immediately after suffering a concussion took twice as long to recover as athletes who left the field immediately and did not return to action. The study tracked 69 athletes who reported to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Sports Medicine Concussion Program after suffering a blow to the head. The athletes came from a wide variety of sports and ranged from 12 years of age to 19 years. 35 of the athletes were immediately removed from the game after suffering their injury, while the other 34 stayed on the field. The study found that those who stayed in the match after head trauma took an average of 44 days to recover, while those who were immediately pulled from action took an average of 22 days to recover. A New York Times article written by Rachel Peachman elaborates on the findings of the study. Doctors believe that resting in the 24 to 48 hour period after suffering a concussion allows the brain cells to heal faster, thus allowing athletes to get back in action more quickly. Taking precautions immediately after an athlete suffers a concussion is imperative to their safety.
Unfortunately, some Pennsylvania residents suffer major injuries after a serious accident. One organ an accident victim needs to pay special attention to is the brain. A brain injury could severely impact the life of a victim, causing temporary or even permanent impairments and disabilities. Such a condition can make it challenging for an accident victim to return to his or her normal life.