Teaching Your Kids About Sports and Spinal Cord Injuries

Fall sports season is well underway, making both kids and parents busy with practice, games, and weekend sporting events. Even though fall is a busy time for school-aged children, safety should always be a priority. Whether your kids are avid athletes or on the sidelines, knowing crucial information about spinal cord injuries can help save them and help fellow athletes in the event of an accident.


High-impact and other dangerous sports, including cheerleading, can put athletes at risk. Now public health officials are working to build awareness about the dangers of spinal cord and head injuries. Our Asheville personal injury attorneys are dedicated to keeping athletes safe and in helping parents provide the right information to keep their kids safe. We are providing some tips to keep your kids prepared in the event of sports accident or emergency.

Injuries to the cervical spine can be a serious health risk. Damage can permanently injured the brain and the nervous system, resulting in paralysis and brain damage. Though players and teammates may not recognize a severe injury immediately, moving a fellow teammate the wrong way can cause additional injury, resulting in paralysis or wrongful death.

New programs are intended to raise awareness to educate coaches, parents and students, especially those involved in contact sports. Concussions and spinal cord injuries can cause permanent injuries and should be taken very seriously. Cervical spine injuries often occur when a player lowers head or tucks chin and then collides with another player. You can imagine this kind of injury, especially in football. This season already, a 16-year-old player died in August after a scrimmage fractured his third vertebra.

There are a number of injuries to be aware of, including stingers, sprains, herniated discs, and fractures. A stinger is a temporary injury caused when the head or neck jerks to one side. A sprain is like whiplash and causes muscle injuries in the neck. A herniated or ruptured disk causes a tear between vertebrae, compressing nerves and causing pain, numbness and weakening. Fractures are the most severe and can result in paralysis or death.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are approximately, 20,000 spinal cord injuries every year. Sports account for 12% of these injuries. Even though medical practitioners discourage headfirst contact in football, players do not always follow the rules. This can create serious hazards for players during practice and games.

A new program known as “Athletes Saving Athletes” offer classes to help students understand the signs and symptoms of cervical spinal cord injuries. Nationwide awareness can help prevent accidents and help athletes react quickly and appropriately in the event of an emergency. Primarily, fellow athletes should know how to recognize basic symptoms. If they suspect an injury, the victim should not be touched or moved without professional medical assistance. Supporters of such educational programs see that young athletes become empowered to handle complicated situations and can save their fellow athlete’s lives.

If you have suffered an injury, contact the Lee Law Offices, P.A. for advice about your rights. Call for a free consultation at 1-800-887-1965.

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