Facts About Concussions Among Young Athletes

James F. Humphreys & Associates, L.C. represents people who have suffered brain injuries because of the negligence of others. The owner and founder of the firm, James F. Humphreys, is a former chairman of the Board of Directors of the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) and is general counsel to the West Virginia Brain Injury Association, Inc. (WVBIA).

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If you have a son or daughter who participates in youth sports, you may be interested in some of these facts published by the National Safety Council:

  • An athlete who suffers one concussion is 4 to 6X more likely to suffer a second concussion.
  • Girl athletes experience a higher percentage of concussion than their male counterparts according to a study of sports-related emergency room visits conducted by Safe Kids Worldwide
  • Most concussions happen during games, rather than practices
  • According to the Brain Injury Research Institute, an estimated 1.6 to 3.8 million athletes suffer concussions every year
  • Concussions often go undiagnosed and tend to be underreported
  • According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, high school athletes account for the highest number of sports-related injuries, but concussions are increasing among younger athletes
  • Every year, 10% of all students playing contact-sports suffer concussions
  • Football related brain injuries occur about once every 5.5 games
  • Students who experience a concussion should not return to contact drills, until they have completed a series of steps including rest, light exercise, and sport-specific training.
  • Although most children will recover within a matter of weeks, others may suffer concussion-related symptoms for much longer, and develop long term problems

If you or a loved one has been injured through the wrongful conduct of someone else, contact James F. Humphreys for a free initial consultation at 304-347-5050 (local) or 877-341-2595 (toll free). You may also contact us through our website, www.jfhumphreys.com.   


National Safety Council, “Concussion Care Should Top Every Youth Sports Playbook,” (c )2019, https://www.nsc.org/home-safety/safety-topics/concussions

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