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Monday, November 28, 2016

Texas JV football player dies after injury in game

Texas student athlete Aaron Singleton died November 4th from injuries sustained while playing JV football. According to witnesses, Aaron took a hit during an away game. The 15-year-old quarterback was able to walk off of the field where he told his trainers that he had a headache. When he sat down, spectators recognized something was amiss. Aaron began having seizures. He was rushed to Cook Children’s Hospital where he was pronounced brain dead.

While the official cause of death has not been determined, Aaron’s Uncle believes his injuries were caused by Aaron’s facemask hitting the ground, which caused a blood clot in his brain.

What can be done to prevent sports-related injuries and deaths?

Youth sports are becoming more popular than ever, which is great for kids’ fitness and overall wellbeing. While all sports carry some kind of risk, sports with more contact have an increased risk of causing traumatic injuries.

If you are the parent of a student athlete, obviously you want to do your best to protect your child from injury. The American Academy of Pediatrics has some guidelines for keeping your young athletes in tip-top shape as they enjoy their chosen sports.  Their recommendations include:

  • Gear: Make sure your child is wearing the right protective gear. Depending on the sport, this could mean pads, mouth guards, protective cups and more. While hand-me-downs can be the most economical solution, we recommend having all gear professional fit to your child.
  • Stay Flexible: injuries to muscles, tendons and ligaments are often caused by lack of flexibility. Make sure your child is doing appropriate stretching everyday.
  • Stay Strong: Including strength training in your child’s sports training can reduce injuries caused by fatigue-induced poor technique.
  • Technique: Proper technique can eliminate so many injuries. Talk to your child’s coach about their experience and why they train the way they do. If you are worried about the potential for injury, seek another opinion.
  • Play Safe: Many organizations restrict the types of moves players can do, depending on age and sport. For example, soccer players under the age of 11-years-old are forbidden to “head” the ball. Players older than 11-years-old still face restrictions as to how often they may head the ball. Knowing the guidelines for your child’s sport can reduce injury.

Check with the governing body of your child’s sport to ensure you are well versed in the rules of the game at your child’s level. As the parent, you are the best able to ensure your child is playing it safe on the court or the field.

Of course, injuries do still happen. If your loved one is suffering from a sports-related injury, it is possible that coaches and/or other individuals or organizations may have been able to prevent it.

Talk to the Sports Injury Specialists

Dallas personal injury attorney Michael Sawicki has represented numerous families of students injured in sports accidents and has a deep understanding of the liabilities of the parties involved. You do not have to go through this alone. Call Sawicki Law today at 888.468.8844.

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