Repeated concussions in a sport such as football carry significant risks for diseases such as Alzheimer’s and other memory-related ailments, over time. The growing awareness of how concussions can affect the human brain has led to a number of states legislating the management of concussions for youth who play sports. While one concussion is dangerous and can have lasting impacts, there is far more danger from receiving repeated concussions.
A National Football League (NFL) sponsored study found that NFL retirees had five times or more the national rate of Alzheimer’s and similar diseases. In addition, the effects of head injuries are cumulative. Later in life, someone who suffered many concussions may need to retire early, or may require intensive care at a far earlier age than a person who did not receive concussions. If a second concussion occurs while a person is still recovering from the first, the brain may swell rapidly and this can lead to permanent brain damage or death.
Car accidents cause half of all concussions. Sports and recreational activities cause one quarter of concussions, with participating in hockey, football, soccer, wrestling or basketball posing major risks for concussion.
Post concussive syndrome can develop and cause a person to be unable to focus and carry out tasks that were once routine. Some signs of the syndrome include:
- Depression and fatigue
- Difficulty learning and remembering new information
- Slowed reaction times
- Difficulty multi-tasking
- Persistent headache or migraines
- Trouble sleeping or waking
- Blurry or double vision
- Loss of taste, smell, or hearing
- Ringing in ears
- Loss of sex drive
- Brightness and noise sensitivity
Consider consulting a lawyer experienced with head injuries if you have suffered such an injury in an accident caused by another.