Concussions have generated a national discussion on sports safety and how to protect our athletes from permanent, debilitating brain damage. Most attention has been focused on male-dominated sports, in particular football and boxing. But girls are just as prone to concussions as boys, and the danger posed to them should not be ignored.
Hockey has a long tradition in Connecticut. It may be twenty years now since we lost the Whalers, but the sport’s popularity has continued to grow at all levels, from youth organizations to adult rec leagues. With the 2018 Winter Olympics going on now, interest is at an all-time high.
For many Connecticut parents, youth sports serve as an important activity for their children, motivating them to exercise while teaching them life lessons about fair play and competitiveness. Unfortunately, our evolving understanding of injury risks and early child development has caused us to ask whether sports programs, especially for younger children, will hinder their long-term development and endanger their future.
As scientists learn more about chronic traumatic encephalopathy, their findings are having a profound effect on how we go about our daily lives and the kinds of activities we find acceptable. Also known as CTE, chronic traumatic encephalopathy is a degenerative brain disease that is the result of repetitive head trauma. The symptoms, as they progress, can become very debilitating, with profound, life-altering effects on the people suffering from it.
Few things scare us more than a bad head injury. Not only do they have the potential to hurt us physically, but they can mess us up mentally and emotionally as well. And modern life is constantly putting us at risk for suffering severe brain injuries.
It wasn’t that long ago that the standard advice for a head injury was some version of “shake it off.” Athletes and others who complained about headaches after a collision were viewed as “not tough enough,” and there was no awareness of the long-term health risks posed by a concussion. However, with the high-profile head injury cases in the NFL, professional wrestling, and other sports making national headlines, our society is finally coming to terms with the often debilitating nature of severe head injuries.
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For over 20 years, John has exclusively represented people (not corporations).
John has received the America’s Top 100 Attorneys Lifetime Achievement Award.
Since the year 2000, John has been a Board Certified Civil Lawyer.
John is a graduate and senior instructor at the Trial Lawyers College.