NCAA Football Players: Why They Sustain Concussions
In the world of college football, one of the more common injuries sustained is a concussion. They’re not always immediately apparent to the player and in some situations, they’re not properly reported by the college.
Unfortunately, this is a reality for many players throughout their playing careers. However, knowing why these injuries happen so often can be important for anyone considering the path of playing college football. Here are some things to know:
Despite being a penalty in college football, helmet-to-helmet hits are far too common. After all, not all players are aware of the potential damages involved. They’re simply trying to make a productive play to impress scouts and help their team win the game.
However, helmets provide little protection when another helmet is coming full force with the head region as the target. This often results in one player sustaining a serious injury, including a concussion for which the athlete must be monitored.
Insufficient Return to Play Protocols
When a college football player sustains a concussion, they must go through a process before they can enter the game again. It’s unfortunate to think about, but some individuals are allowed to return to the game regardless of whether or not they clear concussion protocol.
This puts the player at risk of further injury, especially when you consider how many times a game they make contact with one another.
Lack of Knowledge Regarding Concussions and Safety
It’s really unfortunate, but not all athletes know about—nor are they informed—the risks and dangers of a concussion. They simply play when they are asked to because they want to impress. However, if most athletes knew of all the dangers, there would most likely be fewer hard hits intended for the head.
Concussions can lead to long-term problems for former athletes. Our sport injury lawyers at Shrader & Associates L.L.P. know how life can be impacted after a concussion and we know what legal options you may have.
When you are suffering from the aftermath of a concussion, multiple concussions, or chronic traumatic encephalopathy, we’re here for you.
Contact our firm today at (877) 958-7920 to discover your rights!