New Law Protects Young Ohio Athletes From Brain Injury

by | April 24th, 2013

April 24, 2013

New information is shedding light on the serious consequences an Ohio Brain Injury can have on the remainder of a young athlete’s life. Now, officials are taking steps to ensure injured players receive the care they need before returning to the field.

According to an article from The News-Messenger, the Ohio High School Athletic Association adopted a regulation three years ago requiring any player who is suspected of sustaining a traumatic brain injury to receive written clearance from a medical professional before returning to the field. Now, a new law will require youth sports leagues to adopt similar policies.

In most cases, teams and leagues seem to already be following these guidelines. That’s a good thing too, considering the damage that can be inflicted when player receives repeat brain injuries.

A brain injury occurs when a blow to the head is so strong, the organ collides with the interior walls of the skull. Researchers have shown the damage can be repaired with time and rest; however, if repeat injuries occur, the brain can begin to degenerate. This causes the individual to undergo changes that can lead to violent behavior.

A group of former National Football League players claimed in lawsuits the organization failed to disclose the dangers of repeat brain injuries to them, which contributed to their deteriorating mental health.

The Cleveland Personal Injury Attorneys with Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy applaud the efforts being made to keep sports safe by protecting athletes from brain injuries!