Participating in athletic events is considered a right of passage by many individuals from a very young age. The thrill of competition and social interaction is often where memories are made for many, with the best athletes advancing on to amateur or professional sporting ranks. However, even with all of the fun associated with sports participation, the truth is, brain injuries occur regularly and are the most feared component of playing any sport. This is especially true for direct contact sports such as football or rugby. The truth is that each sport actually carries its own particular dangers involving the cranial area during the course of playing the game. And, regardless of the sport, head trauma is serious.
One of the first sports players and coaches recognized dangers to the cranial region was baseball. Being struck in the head by a baseball can be devastating, and pitchers are exposed to head injury from batted balls with every pitch. Hitters likewise wear helmets when batting because of potential impact from the pitch. These are immediate injuries that are obvious safety issues for the sport that are currently being addressed at all levels of the game, including youth baseball.
Football is without a doubt the sport receiving the most attention in the contemporary media because of changes in concussion protocol. New studies have actually shown that impact in the front of the head is where much of the brain trauma being experienced by former players is beginning instead of head-to-head contact. Even using helmets, head-to-head contact still seriously affects both players. But, many players still do not wear a full face mask on the helmet, leaving the frontal head area exposed. This is a very serious finding, and it may well change the way youth football is played by switching to flags instead of aggressive contact.
The unfolding scenario involving head trauma from playing sports means that litigation for head injuries could become a regular occurrence in many localities because of the pervasiveness of sports. It is always important for those participating in sports to have a personal injury lawyer like Boyack Law Group attorney in Las Vegas in mind who understands the change that is happening in how sports are played and governed, including how injury claims will be handled regarding both retroactive and ongoing head injuries.
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