Concussions may be the mildest form of traumatic brain injury. However,
if they are not properly diagnosed and treated, they can have serious
The American Academy of Neurology recently released updated guidelines
for treating the estimated 1.6 to 3.8 million sports-related concussions
that take place in the United States every year. They specifically encourage
state and local policymakers to implement legislation and regulations
to minimize the occurrence of sports-related concussion.
Below are a few of the AAP’s specific recommendations:
- Any athlete who is suspected to have suffered a concussion, regardless
of severity, is to be removed immediately from participation in a game
- A licensed health care professional, such as a neurologist, whose scope
of practice includes being properly trained in the evaluation and management
of concussion, must clear the youth athlete before he or she can return
to play. This includes sports recognized by high school athletic associations
as well as youth and recreational leagues run by other entities.
- Lawmakers and state health departments should implement sports concussion
registries. Registries help physicians and researchers learn more about
the impact of concussions, including how it affects student athlete performance
in the classroom.
If you or someone you love has suffered a traumatic brain injury, it is
crucial to receive the proper medical treatment. If you suspect a medical
error was made regarding a TBI diagnosis or your insurance company is
refusing to pay for TBI treatment, you likely need the assistance of an
experienced personal injury attorney, particularly one who has handled
traumatic brain injury lawsuits.