Attorney Michael M. Shea, Jr. recently wrote an editorial in The Mercury News, San Jose's largest newspaper. In this editorial, he tackled an issue that's close and personal to him: the concussion risk in youth sports. And for that reason, he wrote to express support for AB 2108, also known as the "Safe Youth Football Act." The bill would have mandated that all participants in youth tackle football be at least 12 years old.
First established in 2003 and acting as the official publication of the North American Brain Injury Society, Brain Injury Professional (BIP) has since become a go-to source for all things brain injury related. Medical doctors, legal professionals, special educators, and many more people all around the country turn to BIP for the latest updates and news about brain injury care, legislation, and so forth. As a staple of the publication, leading and influential individuals and companies are interviewed and featured in informational articles every publishing cycle.
Children love to play and will inevitably jump at the opportunity to swing, slide, or climb when they see a playground inviting them to do exactly that. Unfortunately, playgrounds are not always safe and equipment is sometimes defective, or inadequately maintained, presenting numerous hazards to unsuspecting children. Every year, more than 200,000 children are treated in emergency rooms for playground-related injuries, and over 20,000 of them receive a traumatic brain injury (TBI) diagnosis. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), emergency department visits for playground-related TBIs increased significantly since 2005, making these injuries less of an anomaly and more of an alarming trend all parents should be aware of.
I read with curiosity and some amount of skepticism the opinion published in the New York Times advising parents to Stop Obsessing Over Concussions. I was surprised to read this from a doctor, when it can be a life-changing situation. My advice to parents - obsessing is good.
Athletes who play contact sports such as football, rugby, and hockey do so with the knowledge that they are likely to suffer some sort of injuries. In fact, more than 3.5 million children receive medical treatment for sports injuries each year. While the sporting industry has made a big push in recent years to promote helmet-wearing and the seriousness of brain injuries, it doesn't change the fact that they are still one of the most common injuries occurring in athletes today.
During the summer of 2013, a 7-year-old girl apparently sustained serious head and brain trauma while she was participating in a game at a summer camp run by the City of Fremont.