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Brain injuries in children are no quick fix

Studies into brain injuries are becoming more popular because of the recent links found between head injuries and long-term health. Various personal injury cases have been filed by former professional athletes, for example, because they suffer from long-term (sometimes fatal) effects of having sustained brain injuries during their athletic careers.

Scientists have even examined the brains of dead athletes and found that the brains were damaged, essentially making the concussion victims sick as a result of their high-impact sports careers. But understanding the danger of high-impact sports like football must start earlier than when an athlete retires.

Kids might not get hit as hard as an adult NFL player on the football field, but the impact that they do sustain in sports or otherwise still can have a significant effect on their health, both short- and long-term. A new report supports the fact that parents and other adults need to take any concussion sustained by a child seriously.

It is one thing to take a child out of a game if a concussion is suspected, but now researchers report that even months after impact occurs, the damage of a concussion can still be there. That means that it might not be in the best interest of a kid to put him back in sports for as much as months after he's sustained a head injury. Doing so puts him at risk of being hit again and suffering from more damage than the initial injury.

Another study proves that kids who suffer a concussion can have difficulties with their memory and ability to focus as much as a year after getting hurt. Overall, the studies indicate that kids are vulnerable and need protection. That might mean some parents decide to keep their kids out of high-impact sports unless the impact aspect is minimized.

Head injuries lead to various consequences for both children and adults, consequences that might be expensive because of medical appointments and treatment. If someone sustains a brain injury because of another person's reckless behavior, these studies that suggest just how serious such injuries can be support why seeking justice can be important.

Source: The Huffington Post, "Concussion Effects On Child's Brain May Last Months After Injury: Study," Dec. 12, 2012

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