In recent years, the problem of football players suffering concussions, and other serious head injuries, has gotten a lot of attention. However, the reality is that playing any sport, or participating in any kind of athletic activity, can potentially result in a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Moreover, children are at heightened risk of suffering a serious head injury that can have long-lasting effects because their bodies and their brains are not fully developed. This is why it’s crucial for adults to make sure that kids are safe and protected at all times.
Whether it’s playing tackle football in a pee-wee league, playing touch football at the park with friends, riding a bike around the local neighborhood, using a skateboard at a skate park, or participating in any other sport or athletic activity, it’s possible for someone to suffer a TBI anytime their head is impacted by another person, by an object, or by contact with the ground. In fact, even minor external physical force or trauma to the head could result in a TBI because the brain’s ability to function properly can be easily disrupted.
Staying Safe While Playing Sports in Alabama
There are certain things you can do to protect yourself, and your children, against suffering head injuries while playing contact sports:
Wear a Helmet
Depending on the sport, it may make sense to wear a helmet that shields your head against serious impact. This is especially important if you are playing a contact sport such as football or participating in an athletic activity that could result in a slip & fall accident.
Know the Rules
One of the best ways to stay safe and avoid a TBI while playing a sport is to know the rules for that particular sport. Not only will this keep you safe, it will also protect other participants against serious head injuries.
Get Medical Treatment
If you suffer a blow to the head, do not hesitate to seek medical attention. Even if you do not feel the immediate effects of a serious head injury, it’s still possible that you sustained a TBI.
If you suffered a traumatic brain injury while playing sports in Alabama, you should speak with a qualified personal injury attorney immediately. The experienced personal injury lawyers at Salter & Ferguson can help you explore your legal options and get you the monetary compensation you deserve. Contact us today to schedule a free initial consultation about your case.