Saturday, 24 of June of 2017

Neck Size And Strength May Hold Key To Understanding Concussions

By Mark Favaloro, Traumatic Brain Injury Attorney

What Happened:

Doctors have known for years that girls tend to suffer higher concussion rates than boys who play similar sports. The problem was that no one really knew why the difference existed, until now.

New research by the Colorado school of Public Health has shown that there are gender differences in neck strength and that the weaker a person’s neck is, the more likely their head will jostle around upon impact, thus leading to a concussion. The information is important for athletes to understand given that they can take action to decrease their risk of injury by strengthening neck muscles. In additional to stretching their legs and backs before playing sports, athletes should include stretches to their neck.

The research involved gathering data from nearly 7,000 girls and boys across three sports: lacrosse, basketball and soccer. The study found that neck size and strength were statistically significant predictors of concussion.

While it’s important that many recent scientific studies have focused on diagnosing concussions, it’s also critical to figure out how to prevent such injuries from occurring in the first place. The new study found that neck strengthening should be seen as a key tool to preventing concussions and should be considered by all those supervising young athletes who are at a special risk for such brain injuries.

The Virginia Injury Attorney’s Perspective:

Given the terrible, life-altering risks associated with traumatic brain injury, it is important that those suffering from a head injury receive immediate medical attention and continue to follow-up with therapy as needed. Children especially should be taken to see their primary care physician and not be allowed to return to their athletics until they’ve been given the go ahead by a doctor. I understand the special risks faced by young athletes and my firm has experience handling complicated cases involving sports injuries.

If you or a loved one have suffered this type of injury, it is important to speak to a knowledgeable Virginia traumatic brain injury attorney to determine if you should file a lawsuit for financial compensation.

Helpful Info:

If you have a child that’s suffered a traumatic brain injury, whether on the field or as a result of a car accident, it’s critical that you speak with an experienced Virginia injury attorney. My firm has successfully handled several cases involving children and traumatic brain injuries, securing sizable settlements that help families get on their feet again following a devastating brain injury.

One such case involved a boy from Virginia Beach who suffered a mild traumatic brain injury after being hit by a drunk driver. The young boy had headaches as well as other common symptoms of concussions and our firm was able to ensure that the boy and his family got the money they needed to put their lives back together.

Got Questions?

If your child has suffered a traumatic brain injury you likely are worried and full of a million questions. You might be wondering about possible long-term damage from TBI, the impact of a diagnosis on your case and what things you need to prove to successfully prosecute a head injury case.

For those answers and many more, check out my firm’s FAQs regarding brain injuries where our attorneys answer important questions about brain injury related claims for compensation.


About the Editors: The VA-NC brain injury lawyers at Shapiro, Lewis, Appleton & Favaloro have experience handling traumatic brain injury and general head injury cases. Our head injury attorneys achieved the largest verdict in Virginia’s history for a brain-damaged client in 2000. The initial award of $46 million rose to $60 million with interest when an appeal was settled confidentially. Check out our other case results to see our track record of success in brain injury and other lawsuits. We have offices in Virginia Beach and Hampton, Virginia (VA), along with an office in Elizabeth City, North Carolina (NC). Attorneys with our firm have been listed among the Best Lawyers in America since 2008. Attorneys with our personal injury law firm have also been named Virginia Super Lawyers since 2010, an honor fewer than 5 percent of practicing attorneys receive. To get more information about traumatic brain injury law and what to do after an accident, take a look at this free consumer guide written by a brain injury attorney who is licensed in VA and NC.