Football Related Head and Spinal Cord Injuries Common Cause of School Injuries

According, understanding how cervical spine injuries occur is important for young athletes and parents.

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Our Spartanburg personal injury attorneys feel that it is important to teach proper tackling techniques to young athletes who play contact sports.

A 2009 statement released by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association revealed that managing spinal injuries properly is crucial. Participation in sports leads to a large number of spinal cord injuries in Americans younger than 31.

Sports trainers and other individuals on the sideline need to understand the appropriate acute management techniques for athletes who experience a cervical-spine injury.

The National Athletic Trainers’ Association’s position statement gives detailed techniques for the speedy transport and treatment of young athletes who are injured while playing their respective sport.

Spinal cord injuries can lead to devastating long-term neurological impairment and even premature death. For this reason, it is imperative that parents, players, medical personnel, and coaches are well versed in how to avoid spinal cord injuries and how to handle an injury if it does occur.

A good set of education requirements and guidelines is provided on and includes:

1. Develop an understanding of cervical spine injuries and how they occur. Individuals should also understand how important it can be to avoid contact with the head during any sport.

2. Stay up to date on all important safety rules that are enacted in an effort to prevent cervical spine injuries.

3. Ensure all sporting equipment is used and worn as the manufacturer intended.

4. Understand the importance of proper fit and sizing when it comes to all sporting equipment. Helmets and other equipment that are correctly sized will usually help stabilize the spine and protect against injury.

5. Care by health care professionals should be provided to the injured individuals as quickly as possible. These professionals include athletic trainers and others. It is critical that an athlete with a possible spine injury is treated quickly.

6. There should be an action plan in place in the case of an emergency. The plan should be reviewed and understood by all players, coaches, administrations and medical personnel.

7. Non-medically trained individuals should not move or even touch an athlete who may have a spinal cord injury. It is also very important that an individual does not attempt to remove an injured athlete’s helmet or other pads. These decisions should be left to the athletic trainer and any other medical staff on site.

While football is usually the sport associated with the largest number of spinal injuries in the United States it is important to remember that other sports such as: baseball, cheerleading, pole vaulting, swimming and diving, gymnastics, rugby, and skiing all place participants at risk for spinal cord injuries.

If you or someone you love has suffered an injury, contact Lee Law Offices, P.A. for a free and confidential consultation with our North and South Carolina attorneys. Call 1-800-887-1965.

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