The world has caught Olympic fever. We are hooked to our television screens so that we can witness the Olympians displays of athletic prowess. Unfortunately, the Olympic athletes sometimes compete to the detriment of their own safety.
According to this article, approximately one in ten Olympians is injured during the Olympic games, with about three-quarters of the injuries occurring during competition and the remaining one-quarter occurring during warm-ups or training. Leg injuries are most common during the summer Olympic Games and head injuries are the most common during the Winter Games.
The following is a list some of the most dangerous Olympic sports, all of which have been known to result in sports-related head injuries:
- Pole vaulting
Types of Sports-Related Head Injuries
- Concussion – A concussion occurs when the head accelerates quickly and then suddenly stops or is rapidly rotated. Concussions can occur even if the head does not come into contact with a hard surface. A concussion can result in confusion, blurred vision, memory loss, nausea and, in some severe cases, unconsciousness. Sports injuries, especially football injuries, are a common cause of concussions.
- Direct trauma – Direct trauma can result when the skull comes in contact with an object in a way that causes the brain to collide with the inside of the skull. Direct trauma brain injuries may include skull fractures, contusions (bruising of the brain), or a brain hemorrhage (bleeding in the brain).
- Whiplash – Whiplash and other forms of indirect trauma can be suffered while playing a number of sports. Whiplash may also cause damage by stretching and damaging nerve cells, which can result in severe injury, permanent brain damage or death.
- Second Impact Syndrome (SIS) – When an athlete who is recovering from a head injury, such as a concussion, resumes play before he or she has fully healed, the athlete is at risk for a second impact syndrome. SIS can result in massive swelling of the brain since the brain has not had time to heal from the initial injury. In some cases, SIS can lead to herniation, which can cause loss of brain flow to the brain and death.
If you or someone you love has suffered a sports-related head injury, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering. The Chicago brain injury attorneys at Ankin Law Offices, LLC have considerable experience representing clients in a variety of personal injury lawsuits that involve sports-related injuries, including football head injuries, hockey head injuries, and head injuries in children.
If you or a loved one has suffered a sports-related head injury, contact the Chicago head injury law firm of Ankin Law Offices (312) 600-0000 to schedule a free consultation to discuss a possible cause of action to obtain compensation for sports-related head injuries.