Football can be a fun and entertaining pastime, but playing the game comes with inherent dangers. One of the most significant risks a football player faces is a traumatic brain injury (TBI).
The American Association of Neurological Surgeons estimate as many as one in five high school and collegiate football players will suffer at least one brain injury over the course of a single season. These numbers leave many wondering what’s being done to better protect players from such harm.
Not only have many sports organizations adopted new policies for the treatment of players suspected of sustaining head injuries, but programs are now teaching athletes to use a “heads up” tackling technique that can reduce impact on the head when hitting.
Technology is also improving safety in the game. One such device is the Shockbox® helmet sensor. This product can help identify and warn players, coaches, and parents alike when athletes have taken particularly hard blows to the head that should be further examined.
The Indiana personal injury lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin have seen the impact that TBIs can have and are encouraged by the latest developments in safety technology. We encourage all parents, players, and coaches to educate themselves on the risks posed by TBIs.