» Limiting Concussions in Sports a Major Focus

Limiting Concussions in Sports a Major Focus

Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 17, 2012 – It’s time someone made recommendations to reduce traumatic brain injuries in sports.

Austin Personal Injury Lawyers

Austin Personal Injury Lawyers - Perlmutter & Schuelke, LLP

“It almost goes without saying that the world of sports has lagged behind in doing something about reducing the number of traumatic brain injuries that occur every year. Traumatic brain injuries, or concussions, are life-altering, brain-altering experiences, often affecting balance, judgment and memory,” explained Brooks Schuelke, an Austin personal injury lawyer with Perlmutter & Schuelke, L.L.P. “Finally, a series of suggestions were approved by Ivy League presidents in July 2012.”

Consider the case of a local college rugby player who was slammed into the ground during a play and sustained a vicious thump to the head. The player thought it was not a big deal and did not see a doctor. Later, frequent headaches dogged the player, reading became very difficult and sleep was almost impossible. On checking in with a physician, the player was diagnosed with a brain contusion, or bruised brain.

“The symptoms eventually receded except for one – the loss of smell. On top of that, the player was told not to play contact sports again, as the risk of another head trauma is too high,” outlined Schuelke.

Another recent case in the media was the death of Owen Thomas, a University of Pennsylvania football captain who hanged himself. A study of his brain revealed he had chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), the result of multiple head traumas. His mother said he had started playing football at the age of 10, but he had never been diagnosed as having a concussion and had not shown any of the usual side effects that indicate brain trauma. Over his lifespan, he had taken thousands of little hits, and it eventually led to CTE.

These and other stories were the motivating force behind the Ivy League making a decision to do something about head trauma, and not just in the sport of football. The committee’s recommendations will be in effect for the 2012 academic year and will focus on brain safety for soccer, lacrosse, hockey, football and other sports where head trauma is common.

Although the measures may not be as comprehensive as they could be, they are a major step in the right direction. Every athlete deserves the chance to be informed and protected from CTE.

To learn more or to contact an Austin personal injury attorney or Austin injury lawyer, visit http://www.civtrial.com.

Perlmutter & Schuelke, LLP
206 East 9th Street, Ste. 1511
Austin, TX 78701
Call (512) 476-4944

[mappress mapid="47"]

  • Three Things That Are Going To Annoy You About Your Personal Injury Case
    I wish I could tell you that your personal injury case will go exactly how you like it and as smooth as you like it.  But form doing this for over twenty years, I know there are at least three things that you’re going to frustrated about at some point. 1. THE TIME IT TAKES [...]
  • Texas’s Texting While Driving Ban Goes Into Affect Today. Will It Make You Less Safe?
    Today, Texas’s new texting while driving ban goes into affect.  For the first time, Texas will have a state-wide ban.  A violation of the ban is a misdemeanor, with fines between $25 and $99 for first time offenders and $100 to $200 for repeat offenders. For years, I’ve been critical of Texas officials for their [...]
  • Will Victims Of Hurricane Harvey Be Victimized Twice?
    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of those in the path of Hurricane Harvey.   The potential damage  is simply heartbreaking. Unfortunately, due to the timing of the storm, it also makes it likely that many of you who suffer property damage will be victimized twice. Why do I say that? Last legislative session, the [...]

See other news sources publishing this article. BETA | Tags: , , , , , ,



Get headlines from Law Firm Newswire sent right to your inbox.

* indicates required