PLANO, TX — There are injuries you can plainly see and others you can’t. This is why concussions in youth sports are serious business.
This week, a group of parents smacked F.I.F.A., soccer’s international governing body, with a class-action lawsuit, claiming it has done little to nothing to protect players.
In recent years, more leagues and doctors have become aware of the growing concerns surrounding concussions.
According to data posted on clearedtoplay.org, over a million concussions occur each year. Of those, 400,000 happen to high school athletes — with 15% occurring on the football field.
The group also highlights that 250,000 concussions required trips to the emergency room in 2009.
These are just some of the statistics used to increase the calls for pre-game physical assessments and why they are fast becoming a standard in diagnosing and treating sports-related traumatic brain injuries.
“The baseline testing is meaningless until they have a concussion. When it does, that’s when it [the test] becomes the gold standard to measure their recovery,” says Dr. Joe Ford of Vitality Sports Medicine.
While Dr. Ford and other specialists are using high-tech neurological testing and comparative data to help minimize the damage players suffer, more injury protocols need to be implemented.