The Consequences of Concussions in Youth Sports

//The Consequences of Concussions in Youth Sports

The Consequences of Concussions in Youth Sports

Since its release in 2015, millions of Americans have seen the Hollywood movie Concussion with Will Smith, which captured the dire consequences of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) and was based on a true story.

CTE is a progressive degenerative disease of the brain found in people with a history of repetitive brain trauma—often associated with NFL players.

While CTE has rocked the NFL, far too few people are familiar with Second-Impact Syndrome (SIS).  SIS occurs when a person suffers a second concussion before symptoms from an earlier concussion have subsided.  This second blow may occur minutes, days or weeks after an initial concussion, and even the mildest grade of concussion can lead to SIS.  If a second blow occurs, the consequences can be devastating—resulting in diffuse cerebral swelling, brain herniation, and death.

In May 2009, Washington State passed the Zackery Lystedt Law.  This first-in-the-nation law prohibits the return to practice or game of a youth athlete suspected of sustaining a concussion without a licensed health-care provider’s written approval.  Since its passage, all fifty states and the District of Columbia have enacted similar laws to protect youth athletes.  In Missouri, this law is known as the Interscholastic Youth Sports Brain Injury Prevention Act (IYSBIPA).

The IYSBIPA states that a youth athlete who is suspected of sustaining a concussion or brain injury in a practice or game shall be removed from competition at that time and for no less than twenty-four hours.  Once removed from play, a youth athlete may not return to competition until the athlete is evaluated by their primary care provider or a concussion specialist and the athlete receives written clearance to return from that health care provider.

If your son or daughter has been injured after returning to play from a suspected concussion, contact Preuss | Foster Law. We have experience representing athletes of all levels from high school to the pros when they have sustained concussion related injuries.

We are here to investigate and pursue compensation on your behalf, so you can focus on your child’s recovery and health. Let us do the work for you. We have experience in cases just like yours, and we’ll take care of you. Call us today, we’re here to help.

Preuss | Foster Law has an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in injury lawsuits. We handle personal injury cases and are dedicated to holding institutions accountable for providing a safe environment for your child. Your consultation is free, and you don’t pay until we collect on your behalf. Call our team at 816-307-2788 for a free case evaluation.



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