As school starts up again, parents are starting to enroll their children in school sports and other activities. As parents in New Jersey, it’s crucial that you understand the dangers that your child might face while he or she is practicing or playing a game.
What Public Information Has Been Given on Deadly Sports Injuries?
Ever since the famous studies involving chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, in deceased professional football players went public, additional safety reforms have been put into place. In 2010, the state of New Jersey required all school districts to have policies on how they would address concussions or possible concussions in student athletes. Within a few years, New Jersey’s high school doctors, trainers and coaches were receiving extensive concussion training to better responses to head injuries.
More than 25,000 New Jersey children from ages 6 to 14 play football. A study earlier this year showed that playing football before the age of 12 could lead to early onset degenerative brain disease.
A bill has been proposed that would prohibit any children under 12 from participating in tackle football programs in schools. The bill has been criticized by state sports officials and lawmakers, but it will hopefully be revised to give parents a few more options. Some possibilities include educating parents on football hazards and requiring them to sign a disclaimer before any children under 12 can play.
Some state physicians, such as Dr. Christine Greiss, recommend that the restrictions be tighter and include bans for those under 13 or 14 years old. Greiss said the failure to properly determine the damaging impact levels concludes there is no number of hits to the head that can be considered “safe.” She encourages New Jersey parents and children to be taught to recognize concussion signs, such as dizziness, headache, nausea, blurry vision and memory issues.
It might be a while before state lawmakers decide to restrict youth football and other contact sports.
If your child has been injured due to someone else’s negligence, you could potentially seek compensation for his or her injuries. Contact our Atlantic City personal injury attorneys at Targan Pender & Strickland today for a free consultation.