This sports season has brought about several changes adopted by the NFL and the NCAA amid a flurry of NCAA concussion lawsuits. One such change is penalties for lowering the head during tackles and another is fair kickoff catches inside the 25-yard line. Though some criticize these changes, some researchers have shown why they are important.
Studies Suggest Immediate Removal and Treatment for Faster Return to Play
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Researchers discovered that when a second brain injury is sustained within 24 hours of the first, the normal regeneration of blood vessels in the brain is prevented. This interruption of the repair process may explain the effects of post-concussion syndrome, such as dizziness, nausea, sensitivity to light, and severe headaches.
According to the Post and Courier, researchers have determined that athletes who reported their injuries and were immediately removed from play actually had a shorter duration of symptoms, missed less time from their sport, and had a lower chance of experiencing a two- or three-week recovery.
In the study, athletes from 18 sports were studied by 25 military academies and collegiate institutions. The study involved a series of questions about the treatment of concussion including whether the injury was reported and if the injured athlete was immediately removed from the activity. Unfortunately, more than two-thirds of the athletes were not immediately taken out of play.
NCAA Concussion Attorneys Can Help
Athletic coaches and officials must understand the importance of proper treatment after concussion including removing the injured player immediately from the activity and ensuring their team members are provided with the proper protection and treatment.
Athletes who believe the NCAA failed to protect them from the risks of concussion have rights and we fight to protect those rights. Athletes who have sustained concussions while playing NCAA contact sports deserve more than medical monitoring. Our attorneys will help you ensure your rights are protected and that you receive the NCAA concussion compensation you deserve for your injuries. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help.