When the weather gets warmer, more people naturally head outside. While you may be enjoying the summer, it is also, unfortunately, a time when brain injuries may occur. There are many sports and activities that increase your chances of having an accident and suffering from a brain injury.
For those who love the outdoors and families with kids who may be involved in sports, it is important to note that the increased chances are there. The key is to be aware of the symptoms of a brain injury so that you can get yourself or your loved medical attention.
While many people associate a brain injury with a car accident, there are many sports that can lead to a person suffering the same type of injury. These are mostly going to be sports that have a high amount of physical contact involved with them. Here is a list of the sports most commonly known to cause brain injuries in players:
These sports are known for being more physical, meaning that people are often running, jumping and catching balls that can easily cause an accident. However, even other sedentary types of sports life golf can increase the chances of suffering from a brain injury.
According to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the top ten sports that have been known to result in a brain injury ranked in terms of how dangerous they are:
And many of these sports are going to be played and participated in during the summertime. This is why the summertime is one time in which people and families should be well aware of the risks and what they can do in order to lower their chances of suffering from a traumatic brain injury.
While sports are the main big thing that often causes a brain injury, there are other summertime activities that can result in some types of brain injuries. These include the following:
Also, remember that the heat can be a leading cause of a brain injury. It is important that those who are going to be out in the heat stay hydrated.
Heatstroke is a real thing that can lead to a damaging brain injury if not treated properly! Everyone should be encouraged to drink water on a hot day.
Only do strenuous activities during the cooler parts of the day and take frequent breaks to cool down.
When it comes to summertime sports and outdoor activities, there are some things that you can do in order to decrease your chances of being inflicted with a brain injury.
One of the best things that you can do is to use safety equipment that is standard for the sport or outdoor activity that you are playing.
For example, wear helmets and pads while playing football; wear a helmet while cycling; be aware of where the ball is while playing those sports that use a ball.
When it comes to brain injury prevention in sports, the helmet in major contact sports is going to be the main defense.
This means ensuring that the helmet each person wears is up to the par, fits well and is designed to be used in that particular sport.
In addition, most sports, when played by the rules will help to discourage brain injuries from happening. For example, no helmet to helmet contact in any sport is allowed, which when performed can be one trigger for a brain injury.
Now we know which sports can cause a brain injury and what to do in order to prevent a brain injury. Knowing the symptoms of a brain injury is just as important for parents, coaches, and others.
When symptoms are shown, the sport or activity should be ceased until the player has been given the all-clear to continue.
These symptoms are signs that a brain injury has occurred. This may be a concussion, or it could be more significant, which is why the player will need to get immediate medication attention.
A brain injury is not something that you want to mess around with. If a person starts to show symptoms, get them medical attention immediately. While summertime does increase your chances of having a brain injury, this does not mean that you should avoid enjoying the warm weather.
Just be aware and make sure that you are taking the proper precaution to lessen the chances of suffering from a brain injury.
And for those who have suffered a brain injury that was at no fault of their own, we are here to help you during your personal injury case.
We can help you to get compensation from the responsible party to help pay for medical expenses or even lost wages.
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