Children’s concussions: Whose responsibility are they anyway?

WJXT-TV (Jacksonville)

May 21, 2024

From falls on the playground to collisions during sports activities, head injuries are on the rise, sparking calls for action.

Traumatic brain injuries, or concussions, are very common among athletes, especially ones who play contact sports like football, hockey or soccer.

In 2022, over 2 million children suffered from a TBI, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Concussion specialists at Midwest Orthopaedics at RUSH are on a mission to develop new ways to prevent and treat concussions in youth.

“We understand that there’s a risk associated with these sports, but we see the benefit much clearer, and so, I think there’s, sort of, a balancing of people looking at, do they wanna have their kids engaged in these sports?” said Dr. Elizabeth Pieroth, Director of the RUSH concussion program.

Many sports organizations and schools are now implementing concussion protocols to better protect their athletes. However, the responsibility ultimately falls on parents to advocate for their children’s safety and make informed decisions about their participation in contact sports.

“There have been new technologies for reducing concussions, as an example. So, there have been great improvements in the helmets that are used across sports, that the technology that we’re using is improving that,” Pieroth said.

As concussions continue to impact children across the country, it’s imperative for parents, educators, and policymakers to work together to prioritize the safety and well-being of our youngest generation.

Pieroth said that even with the advancement of technology, there will never be a “concussion-proof” helmet for sports.

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