The Number of Kids With Sports Concussions Is Scary
Is signing your kid up for football a recipe for a potential life-long disability?
The facts according to Hearst Connecticut Media are startling. Hundreds of kids from the ages of five through nineteen have suffered concussions through interscholastic sports. Concussions at Fairfield schools number 434, in Shelton it's 160, and Danbury it's 145.
According to the Mayo Clinic, child concussions are relatively mild, and, in most cases, the child fully recovers, but they do pose serious health risks. Complications could arise if the child sustains another blow to the head before the initial concussion has healed. Repeated concussions could mean longer lasting symptoms, and possibly more permanent damage. This video may freak you out. Good hit, kid!
The athletic trainer from Fairfield Ludlowe High School, Sydney Judkins, told the NewsTimes about all the precautions and procedures that are taken to protect students. That's all well and good, but since it's been proven that concussions can possibly cause a traumatic brain injury-related disability, why even chance it?
The NFL is currently in the midst of several lawsuits filed by former players, and their families, who claim that injuries and concussions during their playing days have caused early on-set dementia and depression.