Children Injured in Sports Programs

Providing Personal Injury Services for People With Sports-Related Injuries

Injuries have always occurred in sports, but only recently has the medical community begun to uncover just how damaging some sports injuries can be. The most serious types of injuries that occur in sports involve brain injuries and head trauma. Athletes at all levels, from youth leagues to the professional ranks, are susceptible.

When you really need a Chicago injury lawyer, call Grazian & Volpe at 773.838.8100 or send us an email.

At Grazian & Volpe, we provide advice and representation to injured athletes of all ages. We also work with coaches and parents to raise awareness of concussions and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), which is a degenerative brain disease that appears to be closely related to concussions. Whether you or your child is involved in baseball, hockey, football or any other sport, we encourage you to educate yourself and take steps to safeguard your loved ones.

We invite you to watch attorney John Grazian discuss children’s sports injuries during one of his regular appearances on WCIU’s “U & Me in the Morning” television segment.

Understanding Concussions in Youth Sports

For decades, athletes, parents, coaches and teams did not have any understanding of concussions. If a player “got his bell rung,” he was expected to tough it out and keep playing. Only recently have advances in medical technology allowed for sophisticated studies of the brain and what happens when an athlete takes a blow to the head. The results of these studies now show that concussions have both immediate and long-term impacts on the victim.

A concussion, in basic terms, happens when a person is hit with such force that the brain moves and comes in contact with the skull. This causes brain trauma, physical symptoms of which can include:

  • Nausea
  • Headaches
  • Blurred vision
  • Lack of coordination

There are also psychological impacts of concussions that parents should watch for in children who are active in sports. Some of these impacts are:

  • Mood swings
  • Depression
  • Changes in personality
  • Memory loss

Do Not Make a Child Athlete ‘Walk It Off’

In recent years, professional sports organizations like the NFL and NHL have taken important steps in dealing with players who exhibit concussion symptoms during a game. If you are a parent or coach of a young athlete, it is important that you take a cue from these organizations by taking children off the field if there are signs of a possible concussion. The old days of telling a player to walk it off are over. The child should be given medical attention and rest, not told to tough it out and keep playing.

For more information about concussions and how to help children injured in sports programs in Illinois, please visit our blog on brain injuries. We also encourage you to visit the CDC’s website to learn more about concussions in young athletes.

Contact a Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer for a Free Consultation

If you were injured in an athletic competition or your child suffered an injury playing a sport, the Chicago injury attorneys at Grazian & Volpe, are ready to meet and discuss your options. For your free initial consultation, please call 773.838.8100. You can also contact our Chicago law firm online.