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Right to Play Laws Address TBI Risks in Sports

Sports will always be a favorite pastime of Americans.  Children have been and will continue to start sports at a young age, and many will continue to play through college and even into adulthood.  Sports offer kids a chance to be active, have fun, and learn the importance of teamwork.  However, sports also carry the risk of injury.  Contact sports especially carry a significant risk of traumatic brain injuries.  These brain injuries, such as concussions, can significantly impact a child’s cognitive, developmental, and physical abilities, especially when not treated appropriately.  If your child has suffered a concussion while playing sports, contact a traumatic brain injury attorney in Fayette County to see if you can be reimbursed for the injury.

Historically, sports coaches and players did not take the risk of concussion as seriously as they should have.  In recent years, however, many NFL and NHL players have discovered irreparable damage because they allowed concussions to go untreated.  Prompt diagnosis and treatment can work to limit the effects of traumatic brain injuries.  This is mostly because if a player goes undiagnosed and then receives even the smallest bump on the head before the previous injury heals completely, the new bump can cause severely more serious damage.

Because so many players were suffering from undiscovered or untreated traumatic brain injuries, states began passing laws regulating brain injuries in sports in 2009.  Since then, 43 states have passed similar laws.  Georgia passed its own “Return to Play” Act in early 2013.  The new law requires sports programs to give parents a form warning of the dangers of concussions before their child is allowed to participate.  Furthermore, it requires a child who shows any signs of concussion to be immediately taken out of gameplay and will not be able to return until cleared by a medical professional. 

If your child has suffered a concussion during sports and has not received the proper treatment, you should contact an experienced brain injury lawyer at the Law Offices of Shane Smith as soon as possible to help you recover for your child’s injury.  Call 770-487-8999 to schedule a free consultation.


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia