A former high school football player has sued a western Pennsylvania school district over concussions sustained during games in 2007. The suit states that the 19-year-old struggles with memory problems, nausea and other issues as a result of three concussions he sustained during the 2007 football season. The last head trauma left him clearly disoriented and walking aimlessly on the sidelines, yet the coaching staff sent him back into games without being properly checked out. It wasn’t until teammates alerted his mother to take him to the hospital that the injured player was diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury.
After sustaining a series of traumatic brain injuries, the teen attempted to return to school, but was unable to concentrate on his studies. According to the lawsuit, he and his family made numerous requests to the school district for accommodating his needs, but all were disregarded. They allege that the school failed to provide an appropriate education, glossing over any academic and attendance issues offering to simply pass the student through graduation.
The lawsuit also contends that the coach and trainer failed to protect the player by allowing him to be repeatedly injured during the game, leading to his permanent injuries and learning disabilities, the player’s mom was never told of the first two concussions, and he was not kept out of the game even though teammates expressed concerns.
The Centers for Disease Control report that between 1.6 and 3 million people suffer from sports-related concussions in the U.S. each year. Concussions can be difficult to detect; there are no outward signs, and symptoms are not always immediate after the injury. It is not uncommon for a player to take a blow to the head and experience no symptoms; the player will not, necessarily, lose consciousness. If a concussion goes undiagnosed, it may increase the risk of re-injury and, ultimately, lead to chronic changes in the brain. Athletes who return to their sport before they fully recover from a head injury are at a greater risk because the prior injury leaves the brain vulnerable to repeated injury, concussions and at increased risk for memory loss, cognitive problems, and chronic headaches. Preventing long-term consequences of concussions requires education. It is critical that coaches, trainers, parents, and athletes be equipped with the right knowledge to recognize the signs and symptoms of a traumatic brain injury and be trained to act appropriately and quickly when a concussion occurs.
This young man’s life has obviously been turned upside down. He may never be able to achieve the education he should or fulfill career and life-long dreams he once had; all this due to the negligence of his high school coach and trainer.
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