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Headaches, depression and memory loss symptoms of brain injuries

Many kids in Houston play sports such as soccer. Parents believe sports are a great way for kids to learn about competition, engage in physical activity and enjoy camaraderie with their peers. Unfortunately, brain injuries are becoming more and more prevalent among kids who play sports such as soccer.

A group of girls in Philadelphia were studied by the TV show Dateline NBC and the Philadelphia Inquirer two years ago after these girls had suffered multiple concussions playing soccer. The Philadelphia Inquirer recently did a follow-up story on these girls to see how they are doing, two years later. These girls suffered so many concussions while playing soccer that their daily lives now suffer. They had headaches all the time, chronic memory loss and many suffered from depression. Two years later, they have gone through many therapies to address their pain and are attempting to build a normal life. The article goes on to state that as many as 20% of young people who get a concussion have prolonged symptoms and some have serious chronic pain. The intensity of youth sports these days may be a factor.

When a young person has a brain injury, it can be devastating for them and their families. Brain injuries are incredibly serious and can lead to a lifetime of issues. A lifestyle change is common, along with extraordinary medical expenses. If the brain injury is caused by another person's negligence, a legal professional skilled in medical malpractice can help families recover compensation for their injury. They can investigate the circumstances of the injury and determine who is at fault. Holding these medical professionals accountable for their negligence is important in making sure no one else receives such injuries.

Families who struggle with a brain injury know how devastating these injuries can be. Sports often cause serious injuries to young people. Being careful while playing sports is important for players to make sure they don't sustain a serious injury.

Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer, "Chesco girls struggle with aftereffects of soccer concussions," Kathy Boccella, March 23, 2014

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