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TBIs and how they affect children

Many Pennsylvania children experience traumatic brain injuries when they are participating in sports. According to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 250,000 children and young adults received treatment for TBIs that were related to sports or recreation in 2009. Between 2001 and 2009, sports and recreation-related TBIs increased by 57 percent among people under the age of 19.

People who sustain TBIs at a young age can suffer from many different long-term side effects that can range from mild to severe. Some of the common problems that are associated with a TBI include trouble with language, reasoning, sensations and emotions. People who sustain multiple TBIs could also develop a neurodegenerative disorder caused chronic traumatic encephalopathy.

Research conducted by scientists at Cincinnati Children's Medical Center has shown that family environments can play a significant role in a child's recovery from a TBI. Children who have sustained severe TBIs tend to have fewer symptoms if they grow up in a healthy family environment. On the other hand, children who live in chaotic households can have persistent TBI symptoms even if their injuries were relatively mild. Children who have sustained severe TBIs are five times more likely than other children to be diagnosed with ADHD.

These types of brain injuries are of course not limited to contact sports. They can occur in a car accident or a sudden fall. When the injury has been caused by the negligence of another party, victims and their family members may want to meet with an attorney to determine how to seek compensation for the medical bills and other associated losses.

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