The NFL is facing a raft of legal issues brought by players who have suffered concussions that could potentially result in a traumatic brain injury – especially if they are reinjured. So far, 51 separate lawsuits have been filed against the NFL concerning concussions suffered by athletes while playing professional football.
Concussions are serious because they are a mild form of traumatic brain injury. Although most concussions don't have long-lasting effects, when the victim suffers repeat impacts to the head, there is a very real danger of severe damage being done, which could lead to permanent disability or even a fatality.
The danger of concussions is by no means limited to professional athletes. College and high school athletes who participate in heavy contact sports like football, ice hockey, rugby, taekwondo and cheerleading are also prone to suffer head injuries. During the last legislative session, the Texas State Senate introduced two separate laws, each aimed at reducing the number of concussions suffered in Texas schools.
Of course, serious head injuries are by no means limited to those participating in sports. Anyone who gets in a car wreck or other accident could potentially end up with a concussion or traumatic brain injury and not even realize the severity of their situation. That's why any time that you suffer a blow to the head, it is a good idea to seek expert medical assistance as soon as possible. Head injuries of any kind can seem minor at first, only to get more serious as time goes on.