Concussions in Youth Sports

Author: P. Christopher Guedri, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

In the modern sports world, there is no issue more prevalent and concerning than the nature and frequency of concussions. Our increasing understanding of the dangers associated with head trauma, particularly repeated head trauma, has sparked changed policies and practices from the National Football League to neighborhood soccer leagues. However, concussions remain a serious problem for athletes everywhere.

Concussions are particularly dangerous injuries for a number of reasons. First, they are subtle. Often an athlete who suffers a concussion will appear to recover quickly and be eager to return to the game. However, they may have a slowly developing injury…

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Concussions Protocol in Professional Sports

Author: P. Christopher Guedri, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

The media’s increased coverage of concussions in professional sports has led to heightened awareness of the issue. Recently, a number of incidents have led to questions about what protocols professional sports teams follow when dealing with concussions.

In this year’s National Basketball Association (NBA) playoffs, thousands of viewers saw Stephen Curry fall to the court and strike his head on the floor. He was removed from play and tested for symptoms of a concussion, but returned later in the game. One game later, Curry’s teammate, Klay Thompson, suffered his own head injury. While Thompson also passed the required tests and was cleared to return to the…

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Playground Safety

Author: P. Christopher Guedri, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Playgrounds are popular destinations for children to run, play and be active. For that reason, playgrounds are places where children frequently get hurt. In the United States, emergency departments treat more than 200,000 children ages 14 years old or younger for playground-related injuries.[1] Children ages five to nine have the highest rates of emergency room visits for playground injuries, with most of these injuries occurring at schools.[2]

Between 2001 and 2008, an average of 218,851 preschool and elementary children received emergency department care for injuries that occurred on playground equipment.[3]

The most common injuries include: contusions…

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