It’s widely known that football is a dangerous sport. It’s a sport with plenty of contact and hits that can cause a lot of damage to a player. Unfortunately, when someone is hit in the head, there are a number of potential brain injuries they can sustain. Most often, these involve concussions, but as more and more of these injuries occur, it can result in long-term damage that can have serious effects on the individuals. At Givens Givens Sparks, our team of Tampa injury lawyers knows the severity of this kind of injury. Because of this, we have provided five things to know about football-related head injuries so you can be aware of the risks.
The Potential of CTE
There are a number of former pro football players who have been linked to chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). This is a condition that has made the news quite a bit over the past few years as football players who have either died or committed suicide were determined to have CTE.
Some players discuss having multiple concussions throughout their careers. This can cause long-term symptoms such as loss of balance, dizziness, speech issues, and more. Multiple concussions cause serious damage to the brain and neurological disorders are often common.
Head injuries have been linked to symptoms of depression in retired players. This is because of the brain’s white matter that is often damaged as a result of concussions. Depression can also lead to other serious situations that must be handled delicately.
More Protection, but Not Complete Safety
There are companies designing new and improved helmets that are designed to help prevent head injuries. Unfortunately, they are not perfect and the risk of head injury is still there depending on where an individual is hit. While these advances are encouraging, there are still possible situations in which damage can be sustained.
Much like former player Chris Borland, who voluntarily retired from the NFL after one just season over concerns of head injuries, there is the potential for early retirement due to multiple head injuries. This could end a career and force people to look for other jobs, often causing depression and stress.
If you or someone you know has suffered from a football-related head injury, call our firm to discuss your damages.