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Concussions in Football: Tips You Need to Know to Stay Safe

Concussions in Football: Tips You Need to Know to Stay Safe

It’s nearly football season and players are getting ready to head back onto the field. Football is a sport known for players who push the limits of endurance, speed, and strength, but athletes should always be aware of their own limitations to prevent injuries. Before you get into the game, make sure you know what to do in case you ever suspect a concussion in one of your teammates.

What is a Concussion?

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury that results from a bump or blow to the head, which causes the brain to bounce or twist around inside of the skull. This trauma damages cells and can create chemical changes in the brain that will make the brain more sensitive and vulnerable to further injury until the injury heals. Contrary to popular belief, a concussion is not a “bruise to the brain,” but rather a disruption of brain function. In extreme cases, concussions can even be fatal.

Recognizing Signs of a Concussion

Although most concussions occur without a loss of consciousness, all concussions are serious. If a player receives a jolt or blow to the head by colliding with other players, the ground, or another obstacle, it is important to monitor them for signs of a concussion.

Watch for these signs and symptoms of a concussion:

  • Confusion
  • Dizziness or balance problems
  • Sluggishness or drowsiness
  • Headache
  • Nausea/ vomiting
  • Sensitivity to noise or light
  • Blurred or double vision
  • Brief loss of consciousness

No matter how mild the bump to the head seems, any kind of concussion can have dangerous consequences. Athletes may mistakenly believe that playing injured is a show of courage and strength without realizing that they could be setting themselves up for even more serious injuries. If you suspect a concussion, pull that player off the field immediately to prevent further injury. Some athletes may attempt to hide their symptoms or just try and “tough it out,” but do not allow them to convince you that they are “fine” if you feel that something is off. As the old adage goes, it is better to be safe than sorry.

The Austin catastrophic injury lawyers at The Daspit Law Firm offer unparalleled advocacy on behalf of victims of traumatic brain injuries. Speak with an attorney from our firm for more information on how you could be eligible to claim compensation for your injuries – (512) 551-1118.