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Do High Stakes Games Increase the Chance of Head Injuries Being Ignored?

football player raising his helmet above his headThe discussion of head injuries and how often they occur is widely documented and there are a number of theories as to why and how so many concussions happen. However, what are the factors that lead to serious head injuries being ignored?

Can the circumstances involved in a game, as well as the status of a player be contributing factors?

Consider this: How many coaches and programs have ignored head injuries to avoid losing a specific player for a game? When stakes are high—such as championship or crucial games—it’s easy to see why coaches would want to prevent the loss of a high-caliber player in order to increase their chances of winning.

Unfortunately, it’s this very action that opens the door for significant harm to occur as multiple concussions and head injuries can lead to long-term brain damage. The more concussions a person sustains, the more susceptible they are to sustaining further harm.

In games where there is a lot on the line, losing a player can be the difference between a win and a loss. Would that alone be enough to convince the coach and the staff to allow a player to enter a game so quickly after sustaining a head injury?

As difficult as it could be to imagine the health of a player being risked for the outcome of a game, it is something that has, and does, happen. When this occurs, the players who are injured can have their playing career shortened and encounter a lifetime of problems.

At Shrader & Associates, we take these types of situations seriously, especially for collegiate athletes who do not have the same monetary compensation that pros have to get the necessary medical attention they need over the long term.

Our sports injury attorneys recognize the long-term dangers associated with multiple concussions and blows to the head. Many athletes are not taught to tackle properly or to protect themselves; instead, they do anything they can for their team. When this results in significant harm, we’re here to help.

Call our firm at (877) 958-7920 to discover if you have a case.


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