The Sports Legacy Institute (SLI), a Boston-based sports advocacy group
seeking injury prevention and education for athletes of all ages, announced
on February 3 that it is calling for a hit count to be put in place for
children playing contact sports. According to
The Huffington Post, this hit count would keep track of how many times each player comes in
hard contact with another and set a limit on how many times they can take
a hit before having to stop.
The goal of the SLI’s hit count would specifically focus on preventing
head injuries, such as concussions, in order to prevent serious brain trauma which is
especially dangerous at a young age when a child’s brain functions
are still developing. While football would be the most obvious of sports
to be targeted by the hit count, the organization says that soccer, ice
hockey, and rugby would also be subjected. Although even one hard hit
is enough to cause a traumatic brain injury, athletes often absorb multiple
blows per game.
According to research, a high school football player takes an average
of 1,000 hits per season, and others are exposed to as many as 2,500.
Under the rules of a hit count, players would have currently undetermined
limits on hits per day, week, season, and year, with mandatory rest required
after any exposure to brain trauma.
Any form of traumatic brain injury can have lasting repercussions far beyond
the immediate symptoms felt by a victim, resulting in permanent brain
damage and various losses of cognitive function. When such an injury is
due to the negligence or reckless actions of another party, those affected
can seek financial compensation for their losses. The
Northern California traumatic brain injury lawyers at Van Der Walde & Associates can help you find fair and full compensation
for yourself or any loved one who has suffered such a devastating injury.
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