Soccer and rugby players who suffer multiple hits to the head during games may be at a higher risk of suffering from brain damage that could lead to neurodegenerative diseases such as dementia, according to brain scientists. Similar to boxers and American football players, those suffering from brain damage from sports have been found to have long-term cognitive shortfalls after experiencing concussions or repeated blows to the head during play. Brain scientists are currently warning those involved in sports other than football of the potential danger of brain damage.
If you or someone you love is experiencing complications after enduring brain damage from sports or other causes, you may be entitled to seek compensation for your condition. An attorney can answer questions pertaining to head injury lawsuits and help you to pursue a claim.
Soccer and Rugby Players Possibly at Risk
According to one researcher, the injuries sustained during sporting events are common among ice hockey, rugby, soccer and American National Football League (NFL) players as well as boxers. During a big impact, your brain stays in the same place but your skull twists another way, so players in every high-contact or physical sports should be aware of the dangers and risks. These injuries can cause damage to the brain similar to abnormalities found in those with forms of dementia including Alzheimer’s disease.
At an international conference on concussions, specialists agree that no player, regardless of the sport, should return to the field and continue playing on the same day that he or she has suffered from a concussion or head injury. However, the problem is that diagnosing a concussion is a more complex process than many assume.
While most believe that unconsciousness is the first sign of a concussion, a player may exhibit a different symptom such as dizziness, loss of fine motor skills, gait or speech abnormalities, memory loss, confused or blurred vision, lack of awareness, nausea or headaches. Additionally, many or all of these symptoms may take hours or days to appear. If an accurate diagnosis is to be made, it cannot be done properly in a five-minute assessment immediately following the incident.
Brain Damage from Sports
Although most of the brain damage from sports occurs when an object hits a players head, the player may also sustain a traumatic brain injury if an object pierces the skull and enters the brain tissue. If you have been injured and would like to learn more about head injury lawsuits, contact an attorney today.
Most recently, the NFL has agreed to pay a $765 settlement to players filing head injury lawsuits. Over 4,500 players joined to pursue a claim against the organization to receive compensation for injuries and damages, alleging that the NFL failed to protect its players by insisting that the player continue with the game even after obvious head injuries were sustained. Plaintiffs claim that they have suffered from depression, dementia and suicide, among other serious and life-threatening conditions.
Brain injuries may be one of the most debilitating injuries an individual may sustain. The consequences of brain damage from sports may be permanent, progressive and sometimes fatal. Not only is the victim affected, but family members and close friends may also be required to take on responsibility for financial and physical care for the injured player.
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