We often discuss the health risks associated with games like football that all too often involve Alabama high school and college players suffering one or more serious blows to the head. A head injury can change the life of the player and his family for days, months, years -- even the rest of the player's life.
Accidents can happen in the blink of an eye. Injuries that result from an accident are often life-changing. For example, suffering a traumatic brain injury in a car crash can significantly change the way that you live your life. Depending on the severity of the brain injury, you may need help with basic tasks like eating or walking.
The National Football League and the players who are suing them will be heading to mediation soon, thanks to a recent court order. The judge overseeing the thousands of lawsuits against the league wants the two sides to try to work things out with a qualified neutral before she rules on the NFL's motion to dismiss.
When you suffer a brain injury from a car accident or some other traumatic event, the damage to your brain issue is not always instantaneous. In fact, for some brain injury victims, brain tissue continues to die for some time after the accident.
Usually, when we talk about brain injuries we are discussing football players, motorcyclists or men and women in the military. We forget about the millions of people who ride bicycles, whether the bikes are their primary mode of transportation or just for fun.
A lot of medical conversations, safety awareness campaigns and research studies have recently focused on traumatic brain injuries. Contact sports are a good example. The recent NFL lawsuits have sparked a conversation over changing the rules of the game to protect players whether the players are children in a recreational development league or adults in a professional one.
A recent study compared the number of fatal bicycle-related accidents in states with and without helmet laws during the period 1999 to 2010. The researchers found that, even after adjusting the data, the states with helmet laws had lower death rates. Because most of the laws applied to children under 16, the death rates were also for children under age 16.
We are continuing our discussion of a Huntsville high school student who suffered a brain injury. The 17-year-old made the near fatal mistake of not taking the effects of a minor accident seriously. The stars aligned, though, and he has made a remarkable recovery.
The experience of a Huntsville teen is unusual, but it illustrates a few important points about what kind of things can lead to life-threatening accidents. At the top of the list? Pay attention to small symptoms and respond accordingly.
Thousands of professional football players could end up taking their complaints about the long-term effects of concussions and similar blows to their heads to arbitration if the National Football League was persuasive enough in court this week. Attorneys for the league and for the players appeared before a federal judge in the first hearing held in the multidistrict litigation. At issue is whether the litigation belongs in civil court at all.