The Institute of Medicine (IOM) and the National Research Council (NRC) have recently authored a publication entitled: “Sports-Related Concussions in Youth: Improving the Science, Changing the Culture.” The report promises to shed light on the dangerous and frequent incidences of sports-related head injuries the country’s children suffer on a regular basis.

Though data is somewhat unreliable, it is known that sports-related concussions have risen over the past decade. Male athletes at the high school and college levels engaged in football, lacrosse and soccer (among other sports) suffer the highest rates of sports concussions; in women’s sports, female athletes who play basketball, lacrosse, soccer and ice hockey are the highest sufferers of concussions. However, the data remains under-reported; the IOM and the NRC call upon the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to establish a reliable database to investigate the matter.

The report also calls upon several remedial measures in order to reduce incidences of sports-related concussions, such as ramping up safety and equipment standards. As well, the authors point out that the “culture of sports” can have a negative impact on reportage of concussion events: many athletes are so eager to get back in the game and appear unfazed by an injury that they will avoid seeking treatment for even something as serious as a concussion.

Don’t Delay in Getting Medical Treatment

If you’ve suffered a head injury, you shouldn’t wait to treat it—it could be a concussion, which can have serious effects on your health, motor skills, and brain function. Any head injury demands treatment—don’t delay in seeking medical help.

How A Brain Injury Attorney Can Help You

If your head injury was the result of another’s negligence, you may need legal help. My personal injury law firm specializes in what are known as traumatic brain injury (TBI) cases. Head injuries can be devastating enough that you may need specialized assistance in ensuring that your medical needs are fully met.

For further reading, you can click here to learn about the effects of a TBI and how your concussion or head injury case may be handled.