The dangers of concussions

On behalf of Parker Thorson posted in Brain Injury on Monday, November 30, 2015.

Many California parents hear about how dangerous concussions can be in professional sports, and they are warned about the dangers in child sports as well. However, some of them may not fully understand what a concussion is, how it happens or why it is dangerous.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a concussion is a kind of traumatic brain injury that occurs after a blow, bump or impact to the head or to the body that causes the brain to move around inside the skull. The organization reports that about 175,000 kids receive emergency room treatment for concussions every year due to sports, including basketball, football, ice hockey, lacrosse, rugby, soccer and wrestling.

Another high school football player seriously injured

On behalf of Parker Thorson posted in Brain Injury on Monday, November 9, 2015.

Another high school football player has been seriously injured while playing football, this time in California. The incident occurred on Oct. 23 during in the third quarter in a game between Riverside Poly and Moreno Valley Rancho Verde high schools.

News sources indicate that the player, an 18-year-old senior safety, suffered a hit and then collapsed on the sidelines after stumbling off of the field. His stepfather reportedly said he appeared to be suffering from concussion-like symptoms, and the athletic staff called an ambulance.