Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for young athletes to sustain head injuries, head traumas, concussions, skull fractures and other catastrophic injuries. Some of these injuries are so severe that their impact can have very long-lasting effects. Most importantly, the effects can be hidden and difficult to reveal, diagnose and treat. A soccer player who knocks heads with an opponent and gets toppled to the ground may not be able to spell her name days later. A football player who absorbs a helmet-to-helmet hit may find himself unable to read a week later. Athletes damaged by the most common sports-related injury, a concussion, may face a lifetime of struggle to recover fully.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates more than 3.5 million concussions — defined as traumatic brain injuries — occur each year on ball fields and sports venues across the country. Coaches agree that concussions are the hardest injury to treat, and agree that there is no way to see its far-reaching effects shortly after an injury. Unlike a broken ankle or a sprained knee, a concussion has life-threatening potential.
A few years ago legislators took a step in the direction of safety and enacted what is called a "return-to-play" or Zackery Lystedt law. The Zackery Lystedt Law prevents youth athletes — from high school age on down — with suspected concussions from returning to the playing field without the authorization of a licensed health care provider, which includes doctors, physician's assistants, nurse practitioners and athletic trainers. Return-to-play legislation modeled after the Lystedt Law has since been adopted by 39 other states. The Lystedt Law requires coaches to sit out those children who suffered a concussion in the past and have not fully recovered. When a player takes a knock to the head, a trainer or coach typically administers a sideline test to determine if the player has any symptoms of a concussion. An athlete suspected of having a concussion isn't allowed to return the same day.
Pennsylvania approved a Safety in Youth Sports Act for middle-through high-schoolers which focuses on preventing brain injury in children who return to the play field too early after suffering their first concussion. If your child has suffered a concussion or any brain injury, call us today.
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