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Massachusetts athletes: Is enough done to prevent a brain injury?

A brain injury can occur from many different types of accidents or activities. Massachusetts readers are likely aware of the risks associated with playing football. Many stories have hit the media outlets lately regarding different players that have suffered a brain injury -- ranging from peewee leagues to the NFL. One recent story involves a study about high school players that was conducted in Massachusetts.

The study revealed statistics showing that while college age players are likely to receive a concussion at a rate of 6.3 out of every 10,000 hits, that number doubled for high school players. This is alarming for players as well as their parents. Although a number of new safety measures have been put into place, those measures have not improved the number of concussions.

One theory behind such a brain injury is that high school players have a larger range in their sizes. College and professional athletes are not only training more, but also have better access to nutritional specialists which can play a significant role in their overall health and their ability to protect themselves on the field. For those students that have suffered a brain injury as a result of a concussion suffered during a football game, their lives as well as the lives of their loved ones can be forever altered.

Massachusetts residents that have suffered a brain injury as the result of an accident arguably caused by the negligence of another party may benefit from knowing their rights under applicable laws. This study may be a stepping stone to documenting that, while the schools are aware there is a problem, not enough has been done to prevent such occurrences. There have been several civil suits filed against the NFL and other sports bodies stemming from brain injuries suffered as the result of concussions. The first step for those that believe a claim for legal relief is appropriate is likely to arrange a careful review of all the relevant facts and circumstances involved.

Source: wggb.com, Concussions Impact High School Athletes, No author, Nov. 1, 2013

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