New Research Questions Beliefs About Sports Concussions

Will parent’s decisions allowing children to play youth football be affected? The recent belief that the serious brain damage found in professional football players is the result of hard blows to the head is being challenged by new research. Researchers from Boston University examined the brains of eight teens and young adults. Four of the individuals had recent sports related closed head injuries, which were received 1 day to 4 months prior to death. The other four had no history of recent head trauma. Evidence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) was discovered in the four teenagers that who experienced recent head injury. The study was published [...]

By |2018-05-24T11:39:22-07:00March 9th, 2018|Sports Injuries|Comments Off on New Research Questions Beliefs About Sports Concussions

Football Not Alone with Sports Related Head Injuries

Football has recently dominated the news regarding sports related head injuries as the focus turned to chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a progressive, degenerative brain disease discovered in a large number of former football players. The fact is that there are many other sports where athletes face a high risk of receiving a traumatic brain injury. When viewing statistics related to different sports and the frequency of brain injuries it is easy to be confused. Most studies show that cycling has the highest rate of head injuries based on emergency room admissions. Boxing is not even considered. Does this mean a parent should discourage bike riding and [...]

By |2018-05-24T19:12:40-07:00October 6th, 2017|Brain Injury, Sports Injuries|Comments Off on Football Not Alone with Sports Related Head Injuries

Many Parents Lack Concussion Awareness Study Shows

Many parents and guardians of young athletes do not thoroughly understand the impact of concussions on their child’s future. This information is according to a study co-authored by a faculty member of the University of Texas at Arlington’s College of Nursing and Health Innovation, and a Stanford faculty member. The study by Cynthia Trowbridge, an associate professor of kinesiology and athletic trainer at UTA, and Sheetal Patel of Stanford University, was published in May in the Journal of Applied Behavioral Research. The results showed that a significant number of caregivers have limited awareness of the long term affects of a concussion on a child. Trowbridge, who [...]

By |2018-05-24T20:46:06-07:00August 26th, 2017|Sports Injuries|Comments Off on Many Parents Lack Concussion Awareness Study Shows

Brain Injuries May Be Present in Football Players as Young as Eight Years Old

It’s so cute watching little kids wearing big, colorful football helmets, bright jerseys and running around on a field being tagged and sometimes tackled. As harmless as their level of play may look, their young developing brains are being subjected to jarring blows. They are taught early to depend on their gear to protect them from taking hits, but how much protection does that helmet provide? A study shows that children between the ages of 8 and 13 are already at risk of permanent brain injury. The chief of neurology at Wake Forest School of Medicine, Christopher Whitlow, conducted a study of male football players between [...]

By |2018-05-25T19:26:42-07:00March 6th, 2017|Brain Injury, Sports Injuries|Comments Off on Brain Injuries May Be Present in Football Players as Young as Eight Years Old

Professional & Amateur Athletes – Injury Accidents

Jim Vititoe, President of the Vititoe Law Group, is greatly concerned about the safety of amateur and professional athletes. In the past few years, it seems like a daily occurrence that you hear about an athlete sustaining a serious head injury. In addition, we hear about former players’ difficulties with previously sustained life altering injuries after years of employment of playing professional sports. Headlining recent news is the litigation for retired NFL players that played professional football. Vititoe Law Group represents over 100 of the retired players involved in the settlement. The NFL recently agreed to pay over three quarters of a billion dollars towards retired [...]

By |2013-10-04T08:09:17-07:00October 4th, 2013|Sports Injuries|Comments Off on Professional & Amateur Athletes – Injury Accidents

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