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Concussions in Football—What is a Parent to Do?

Posted by Ted A. Schmidt | Nov 06, 2014 | 0 Comments

Players are bigger, faster and stronger than ever. The equipment players wear gives them enough protection to create a feeling of invincibility.  Many players live for the “big hit.”  Even the more careful athlete is vulnerable to a head injury every time he walks onto the field and dons a helmet.

We know more today than ever about concussions and how the brain bouncing around inside a football helmet can become damaged just from repeated normal blocking and tackling impacts.  For a great and quick visual history of what we know see this.

As a consequence of the long term effects we now see from many of these head injuries more and more parents are pulling their kids out of football altogether. Prognosticators say that the game just has to change dramatically, especially for youngsters and teenagers. The constant banging of heads just is not good for anyone, but especially the growing and developing brain of a child.

If your child is going to play or has already suffered a concussion playing, you want to focus upon the helmet he was provided to assure he had or will have the maximum protection.  Xenith now makes a state of the art helmet with shock absorbers designed to lessen the impact to a players head and brain.  All schools and youth organizations should have these helmets for all young people playing the game. Failure to use this state of the art helmet could very well be negligence.  If your child has suffered a head injury playing football this is something definitely worth looking into.

About the Author

Ted A. Schmidt

Ted's early career as a trial attorney began on the other side of the fence, in the offices of a major insurance defense firm. It was there that Ted acquired the experience, the skills and the special insight into defense strategy that have served him so well in the field of personal injury law. Notable among his successful verdicts was the landmark Sparks vs. Republic National Life Insurance Company case, a $4.5 million award to Ted's client. To this day, it is the defining case for insurance bad faith, and yet it is only one of several other multi-million dollar jury judgments won by Ted during his career. He is certified by the State Bar of Arizona as a specialist in "wrongful death and bodily injury litigation".


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