The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says U.S. emergency rooms treat more than 173,200 sports- and recreation-related traumatic brain injuries, including concussions, in children and adolescents each year.
The activities associated with the greatest number of TBI-related ER visits include bicycling, football, playground activities, basketball and soccer. But a wide-ranging CDC study of youths and sports found hundreds of incidents of TBI in dozens of sports and recreation activities.
When a student-athlete or a child at play suffers brain damage while participating in supervised sports or recreational activities, it is important to determine whether negligence played a part in the injury. A TBI can be an expensive and long-lasting injury. Those who have been harmed through no fault of their own deserve compensation for their losses.