High Priority: Sports & Concussion
Each year, about 300,000 sports-related traumatic brain injuries occur in the United States. Approximately 140,000 of those involve high school athletes. Most injuries can be classified as concussions, caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head. Concussions can range from mild to severe.
- All concussions are serious.
- Concussions can occur without loss of consciousness.
- Concussions can occur in any sport.
- Recognition and proper management of concussions when they first occur can help prevent further injury or even death.
Sports-related concussions among youth athletes are on the rise. Between 1997 and 2007, concussions among youth age 14 to 19 during team sports more than tripled. Concussions often go undetected during play. As a result, athletes may not receive medical care at the time of the injury and may later report symptoms such as headache and dizziness. These signs and symptoms can last for several minutes to days, weeks, months or even longer in some cases. A repeat concussion that occurs before the brain recovers from the first—usually within hours, days, or weeks—can result in brain swelling, permanent brain damage and even death.
Florida’s sports concussion legislation SB 730 and HB 301 requires the Florida High School Athletic Association to adopt bylaws or policies that:
- Educate officials, administrators, coaches, youth athletes and their parents or guardians of the nature and risk of concussion and head injury.
- Requires any player suspected of sustaining a concussion or head injury in a practice or game to be immediately removed from play and not return without written clearance from a medical professional.
- Requires the parent or guardian to give informed consent each year regarding the nature and risk of concussion and head injury prior to the youth participating in interscholastic athletic competition, practice or other related activity.
About Brain Injury Association of Florida (BIAF) and TBI:
- BIAF is Florida’s only statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to inform, educate, support and advocate on behalf of traumatic brain injury (TBI) survivors and their families.
- BIAF’s Traumatic Brain Injury Resource & Support Center is designed to give Floridians with brain injuries one-stop access to information, education, advocacy and community-based support. Each year, 100,000 children, adults and seniors in Florida sustain a TBI – not counting our armed services members injured during the Middle East wars.
- Approximately 210,000 Floridians are living with lifelong disabilities from TBI.
- TBI is an emerging public health crisis in Florida that current state resources cannot fully address.
- Just over a fifth of Floridians sustaining TBI each year currently receive state-run services.
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