6,800 Connecticut Students Suffered Concussions Last School Year
The Connecticut Department of Education recently released concussion statistics for the 2016-17 school year. Nearly 6,800 students ranging from pre-kindergarten to 12th graders were included in this data.
A concussion is caused by a jolt, bump or blow to the head that causes the brain to twist or bounce around in the skull. This type of injury causes stretching, damage and chemical changes in brain cells.
The Connecticut General Assembly passed legislation that was enacted July 1, 2014 with the following safety laws for child concussion injuries:
- Any league or intramural coach that observes a student athlete with concussion symptoms after witnessing a blow to the head shall immediately remove that student from play for proper evaluation.
- The student athlete must have written consent or approval from a qualified healthcare provider to return to play.
- The student cannot participate in full practice or games until written clearance is granted by a healthcare provider who is following his/her case.
- Any concussion injury must be reported to the Connecticut Board of Education.
If your child was involved in a sports head injury and you question whether proper concussion protocol was followed, call our office. Concussions are considered traumatic brain injuries. Our team of medical and legal professionals will begin an immediate investigation into your child’s injury.