What Makes Football So Dangerous for Head Injuries?
Football is one of America’s favorite sports and for many of those collegiate athletes, they serve as a form of entertainment. As such, they often go above and beyond to win, sometimes putting their bodies on the line in the meantime.
Countless college football players are working hard to earn the scholarship they’ve been given or prove a point in order to make it to the next level. Quite often, though, the reckless disregard for their own safety in combination with the lack of discipline and technology can easily lead to a serious head injury.
In football, contact is the name of the game. And despite penalties being enforced for contact to the head, there are still many players leading with the crown of their helmet or attacking the head of the opposing player. This is enough to cause a concussion.
While helmets are ever evolving to protect players, they’re still not enough to completely eliminate the problem. Football is and always will be a high contact sport. It’s difficult to protect from a large player coming full force ready to attack the head.
The Long History of Concussions
Concussions have been a large problem in college football for many years. They’ve led to players retiring, sitting out multiple seasons, or in worst case scenarios, dealing with the effects long after they’ve stopped playing the game.
In some situations, serious concussions can lead to the development of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). This can kill cells in the brain and lead to symptoms including depression, anxiety, fear, headaches, and more.
It’s hard to think that a sport so many people love can be the cause of a serious condition—one that has led to individuals committing suicide. But this is the reality of the situation, and there needs to be adequate safety measures and concussion protocols in place to protect players.
At Shrader & Associates L.L.P., our sports injury attorneys work hard to protect the rights of those who have been harmed because there were either insufficient practices regarding concussion protocols or a lack of safety or knowledge regarding concussions.
If you or someone you love has been affected by a concussion or multiple concussions sustained while playing college football, you have rights. We’re here to help.
Call us today at (877) 958-7920 to discuss your potential case.