Be Aware of Potential Brain Injuries as Fall Sports Begin

By Peter DePaolis

As we march into fall, kids across America are forlornly saying goodbye to summer fun, but they are simultaneously turning towards an exciting new school year. New clothes, new books, new classmates, new adventures. For many young students, the return to school also means the return to school sports.

TBIMore and more studies are being released that show the dangers of traumatic brain injury in sports like football, but it’s important to know that head trauma is also a threat in activities like soccer, basketball and cheerleading.

Football players have long been the poster children for concussion and brain injuries.  An increasing number of former NFL stars are coming forward to detail their early retirements and health struggles later in life brought on by concussions and traumatic brain injury during their playing years.

“Issues with dementia, depression, suicide and we are starting to correlate this now with youth concussion as well,” says Dr. Diana Heiman, sports medicine specialist at East Tennessee State University’s Quillen College of Medicine.

“In kids this also impacts their study,” Dr. Heiman added. “They need…time to let their brain recover.”

When it comes to brain injury, there is definitely a cumulative effect. Multiple concussions can lead to long-term problems, so parents of budding athletes should be aware of the signs and symptoms of traumatic brain injury, including dizziness, memory loss, light sensitivity and concentration problems.

My Child Was Injured in a High School Sport, and I Need a Brain Injury Attorney

If your child has suffered a head trauma because a school sports program failed to follow proper safety guidelines, it is vital that he or she be allowed the time to recover fully from the injury. Otherwise, there could be life-long consequences.

After that, you should speak with an experienced traumatic brain injury attorney as soon as possible. At Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis L.L.P., we can offer a free consultation to discuss your case and determine whether or not your family is entitled to compensation for your injuries. Call us right away.

Did You Know? In 2010, 2.5 million TBIs occurred either as an isolated injury or along with other injuries.  

Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis L.L.P.

Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia Injury Attorneys


About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.