Explained: Why we should be concerned with sports head injuries

Head injuries in sport are always and should always be of high priority for anyone. 

Advancements in the medical field have meant that research on brain injuries has come further than ever in the last few years.

Professional sports players are able to get the best medical attention due to their stature but it hasn’t helped many who have already suffered injuries that would have a massive effect on their later life.

The National Football League (NFL), recently agreed a payout to former players who had not been treated for concussion whilst playing of over $1 billion.

Via https://www.nflconcussionsettlement.com

Fortunately, there aren’t too many occasions where grass-root players get seriously hurt, but there have been some occasions where players have died.

Ben Robinson, a 14-year-old school boy was playing rugby for his school and despite being treated for head injuries 3 times, he was allowed to play on. He later collapsed and died in hospital.

A coroner later ruled he had died from concussion, which no doubt would have been prevented had there been a specialist at the game.

Mark Baines, is an expert in rheumatology and head injuries, and he explained to the Canterbury Hub all about concussion.

How do you spot a concussion?

What could happen if you suffer a concussion?

What is the recommended time for recovery after a head injury?

Why should we be more concerned?

You can die from concussions and repeated blows to the head can cause serious diseases like dementia, and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, (CTE) which is commonly found in athletes but only discoverable after death.

Many athletes, professional or not, suffer from these diseases which there aren’t cures for yet.

There have been more precautions put in place, helmets are better in American Football and there is far less leniency in regards to players returning to the field of play if they are suspected of suffering a concussion.

Speaking to Owen Perks, a rugby player at the University of Cambridge, suffered a head injury at the start of his time there, and he explained to us what happened.

Should there be more medical professionals at grass-root games?

When asked about whether there should be medical professionals at grass-root games, Perks wasn’t convinced that there should be medical professionals at every rugby game.

He said: “At Cambridge University, we have a doctor in the crowd watching for concussions.

“Plus the physiological is one of the best in the world., so in that sense no.

“I think with rugby, everyone is now aware of it.”

Owen was knocked clean out, and took a few days to recover

Yet Baines, was in the opinion of there needing to be someone who has some knowledge of head injuries at every game.

He said: “There doesn’t have to be a medically trained professional at every game, but there should be someone who has good knowledge of head injuries.

“They should be able to spot a concussion and know what to do with the person.”

For more information on head injuries and concussion, click here.