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Missouri Student Injuries and Risk of TBI

High school and college football are taken seriously in Texas, so when an East Texas town approved plans to shut down entry-level tackle football, objections were expected.  The fact that the school board was able to make the switch from tackle football with virtually no opposition was such a shock to many that The New York Times even wrote an article about it. football

The decision to make the change to flag football and suspend the tackling aspect of the game for younger kids was made in response to a growing awareness of just how dangerous repeated head injuries can be.  Sports staff and schools that offer football programs have a responsibility to protect young people and to respond appropriately when a head injury occurs.

If school or coaching negligence causes head injuries to occur or exacerbates the risk of traumatic brain injuries, accident lawyers in Springfield, MO should be consulted.  Tolbert Beadle & Musgrave LLC can help victims to pursue a claim for damages against those responsible for the harm resulting from brain injury.

Preventing Traumatic Brain Injury a Top Priority

Hits to the head have long been an unavoidable and under-reported part of playing football, but researchers are now focusing much more attention on the link between football and complications from head injuries.   For example, recent research has indicated that players as young as seven years of age sustain hits to the head in tackle football that are comparable in magnitude to the blows absorbed by high school and adult players.

NFL players drew national attention to the long-term risks of repeated blows to the head with a lawsuit against the National Football League. Players indicated that many suffer from permanent brain damage and an increased risk of dementia and alleged that the league had hidden the risks.

Now that the risks are well known, participation in football among young people has declined. ESPN reported, for example, that participation in Pop Warner Football went down almost 10 percent between 2010 and 2012.

Pop Warner and other youth leagues are also spending millions to introduce certification programs for coaches to make sure that kids are taught proper techniques to reduce head injury risks.  Some youth leagues are also bringing on medical professionals to provide care to young people who got hurt during a game and laws in all 50 states now require players to be taken out of a game if they may have a concussion.

As certification becomes the standard, schools and leagues that do not take these steps to protect players may find themselves considered negligent. This could result in the potential for increased liability.

Even teaching coaches about the risks, however, may not be enough to ensure that devastating brain injuries do not occur. Many more school districts and youth leagues are likely to follow the example of the Texas town that made the change to flag football, especially since after seeing that parents supported the effort to keep their kids safe.

Missouri accident victims should contact the offices of Tolbert Beadle & Musgrave LLC at 1-800-887-4030 or visit http://www.tbmlaw.com.

 

 

Preventing Pedestrian Accident Risks for Missouri Kids

The Missouri Department of Transportation has created a wish list of upcoming transportation projects, which has moved into the analysis phase. According to Lake Expo.com, a plan called ‘A Vision for Missouri’s Transportation Future” was developed after a seven-month public engagement period in which more than 12,000 comments and suggestions were generated.

While there are many goals outlined in the plan, some of the most important relate to keeping all travelers safe and helping to reduce the risk of pedestrian accidents. This is an important goal, as pedestrians are at serious risk of injury or death when a motor vehicle collision occurs.  Pedestrian accident lawyers in Springfield should be contacted by victims of pedestrian accidents for help making a claim for damages from drivers responsible for causing accidents.

Preventing Pedestrian Accidents in Missouri

 

The Missouri transportation plan aims to improve pedestrian accommodations as one of its four goals, along with taking care of transportation systems, investing in projects to generate economic growth, and keeping all travelers safe.  Suggestions for improving conditions for pedestrians include marking crosswalks on high-density roads, among other accommodations.

Improving the environment for pedestrians is important, but is only a part of the process necessary to make pedestrians safer.  The Journal of TRAUMA® Injury, Infection and Critical Care recently published an in-depth study of methods of reducing pediatric pedestrian deaths. The report focused on preventing fatalities among children because kids are one of the two groups most likely to become involved in pedestrian collisions (the elderly are the other group).

The article indicated that pedestrian safety efforts aimed at saving children date back to the 1950s, when Britain began using the Kerb method. Kids were taught to memorize and recite simple rules on road safety. The Green Cross Code was developed to teach general guidelines for child pedestrians, and these guidelines are actually still taught to British children today.

Unfortunately, like improving the environment, education alone is not enough to make a difference either.  Back in the 1980s, the World Health Organization (WHO) published studies making it clear that both education and the environment needed to be addressed in order to make a significant difference in reducing pedestrian accident dangers.  The WHO actually identified “Three E’s” necessary to improve safety. These included education, engineering and enforcement.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) affirmed the need for a multi-discipline approach to pedestrian safety improvements. In a 2002 conference, the CDC and NHTSA indicated that behavioral evaluation and skills training were two essential components of pedestrian safety programs.

Any efforts to reduce pedestrian deaths, therefore, must aim to work on improving the condition of the roads, educating the public about pedestrian and driver safety, and ensuring that laws are passed and enforced that protect pedestrians.  With a pedestrian dying an average of once every nine minutes within the United States, it is clear that every effort should be made to take a comprehensive approach to saving pedestrian lives.

Missouri accident victims should contact the offices of Tolbert Beadle and Musgrave LLC at 1-800-887-4030.