Concussion lawsuits have now extended beyond the NCAA to high school and youth sport organizations. While it is not possible to eliminate the occurrence of concussions, it is possible to learn ways to better manage the symptoms and those who are affected.
Recently, the NCAA was hit with a flurry of lawsuits—some of them class actions—alleging that they were negligent in their care of athletes, suggesting that the NCAA should have been aware of the long-term effects of concussions and that it failed to protect its student players. While most of the suits allege injury by former college football players, there also are similar allegations by men and women soccer players and ice hockey athletes.
It seems only a matter of time before similar lawsuits are filed against elite travel programs, Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) programs, and other youth sports organizations. Colleges and universities, high schools and youth organizations should continue to closely monitor these developments and remain proactive in protecting the health and safety of their student-athletes.
- Each year, U.S. emergency departments treat an estimated 173,285 sport and recreation related concussions among children and adolescents from birth to 19 years of age.
- During the last decade emergency department visits for concussions among children and adolescents increased by 60 percent.
- The number and rate of concussions are highest in football and girl’s soccer.
- A national survey of all sports and recreation related injuries among all ages demonstrates that 31 percent occurred in a sports facility and 20 percent in a school facility.
Katherine Snedaker is the founder of Sports CAPP, Pink Concussions and The Concussion Conference which are all designed to help recreational teams, town leagues and private schools build concussion awareness into their programs for players, coaches and parents. She discusses ways to reduce the number of concussions in sport with an emphasis on teamwork to help increase education and awareness about brain injuries.
Join us in conversation with Katherine “Price” Snedaker, when she joins usLIVE at BEYONDtheCheers on blogtalkradio on Wednesday, October 22nd at 7PM EST. Listen each Friday at NOON to our repeat broadcast on AMFM247 or at anytime, on demand at iHeart Radio or iTunes and at Stitcher.com.