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Top 5 Sports That Cause Brain Injuries in Youth

April 10, 2014

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The month of April has been declared Youth Sports Safety Month as spring and summer athletic seasons kick off. As part of the campaign, the attorneys with Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy would like to discuss one of the most common and serious results of an accident that occurs on the playing field, which is Brain Injury.

Data shows that tens of thousands of young athletes suffer debilitating brain injuries each year, but many citizens wonder what sports these injuries are most commonly associated with. Research from the American Association of Neurological Surgeons indicates the top five sports that cause youth brain injuries are:

  • Football- In 2009, an estimated 21,878 players were taken to the emergency room for treatment due to head trauma sustained on the field of play.
  • Baseball/Softball- Head injuries requiring medical treatment were reported by 18,246 athletes under than age 14.
  • Basketball- 14,952 brain injuries were reported on the court in 2009.
  • Cheerleading- The danger of this particular sport was highlighted by the 10,223 athletes who suffered head trauma during the 2009 season.
  • Soccer- 8,392 youths sustained head injuries during play in 2009.

The Cleveland Personal Injury Lawyers with Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy would like to wish all young athletes participating in sports the best of luck in their coming season. The firm is hopeful a greater awareness of the dangers head injuries pose will help keep athletes safe from harm.

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