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Football Season Raises New Concerns About Head Injury Risks

Posted on in Personal Injury

San Jose personal attorneys, head injury risks, football and head injuries, concussions, traumatic brain injuryWith summer coming to an end, middle school and high school football fans in the San Jose area eagerly anticipate the coming season. Players, parents, and coaches all take these games seriously, and it is not uncommon to see major hits which could result in serious personal injuries. After a failed effort earlier this year to change the laws which govern the way young student athletes play football as a way of preventing head injuries, it is important for parents to be aware of the risks and the steps they need to take to keep their children safe.

Legislation Intended to Protect Young Players Falls Short Of Goal

Head injuries among pro-football players have been a hot topic over recent years, and there are increasing concerns about the permanent damages these injuries could cause in young players. In early 2018, as a response to concerns among some parents, two California lawmakers looked at the number of head injuries among students engaged in tackle football and sought to outlaw this type of play, at least until players reached high school age

The Sacramento Bee was one of several local and national newspapers covering this issue. In February 2018, local Democratic Assembly member Kevin McCarty and Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher of San Diego initiated legislation that would prohibit tackle football among children under the age of 12. Similar efforts to ban this type of play had taken hold in other cities across the country.

The primary concern is that head injuries suffered by these young players due to hard tackles could set the stage for permanent disabilities. Even in the event a single tackle does not cause obvious damage, repeated blows to the head suffered throughout a football player’s career could lead to chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative condition resulting in memory loss, decreased cognitive function, violent moods, and other serious personality changes.

Protecting Student Athletes Against Head Injuries

Assembly Bill 2108, known as the Safe Youth Football Act, garnered some support among parents, but had numerous detractors among sports fans and coaching staffs. With little hope of being passed, it was eventually withdrawn in April 2018. Still, it helped raise awareness about the problem and the steps needed to protect young athletes. These include:

  • Requiring football players to wear helmets all times during practice or play;
  • Requiring schools to regularly upgrade safety gear;
  • Holding coaching staff responsible for removing team members who are overly aggressive; and
  • Removing students with suspected head injuries from play and not allowing them to return without being cleared by a doctor.

Reach Out to Us Today for Help

Head injuries can have significant impacts on your child’s long term health and development. When these injuries occur, coaches, schools, and sports program administrators may be held liable for the damages your child suffers. To discuss how you can hold them accountable in a claim, call or contact our experienced San Jose personal injury attorneys and request a consultation today.

Sources:

https://www.sacbee.com/sports/nfl/article199531854.html

https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180AB2108

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