Athletes who “just don’t feel right” after being hit in the head should be pulled from play or practice immediately and checked out by a doctor for a concussion. Here are the symptoms of a concussion, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
- The athlete can’t remember what happened before, during, or after a hit or fall.
- The athlete seems dazed, stunned, or “out of it.”
- The athlete is confused or forgetful. They may forget details like what their position is on the team, which opponent they’re playing, or the score. They may forget or seem not to hear a clear instruction.
- The athlete moves clumsily.
- The athlete answers questions slowly.
- The athlete demonstrates any changes in mood, behavior, or personality.
Because a second concussion on top of one that hasn’t healed can cause severe damage, it’s important to make sure athletes are cleared by a medical professional before they go back to the court or field. The experienced Texas traumatic brain injury attorneys at The Law Office of WT Johnson can help if you suspect an injured person’s legal rights have been violated.