Injury attorney should be consulted in wake of South Florida sporting injuries

As another sizzling summer comes to a close, and with football season around the corner, high school athletes throughout Florida are again heading to twice-a-day practices. But with heat index ratings regularly above the 100-degree mark, adolescent football players in West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale and Fort Myers face more than their coach’s wrath on the gridiron.

Mother Nature and the pursuit of such a high-impact, full-contact, sport as football leaves young athletes vulnerable to both heatstroke and concussive head injuries. Both can lead to serious injury, even death, if unrecognized and untreated. If your child has been injured in a sports-related accident, speaking with a Fort Myers child injury attorney can help you understand your rights.

On Wed., August 18, Bay News 9 reported that six Apopka High School football players were hospitalized for “heat emergency issues” experienced during mid-day practice drills. Also on Wednesday, TBO.com revisited former Hillsborough High football player Terrence Mitchell’s concussions story from last season.

After a teammate’s hit knocked him out, Mitchell, who now plays for the University of South Florida, suffered from lingering headaches and spent two weeks on the bench after a trip to the hospital.

According to the TBO.com article, there are more than 1.1 million high school students playing football and during the 2005-2005 academic year, concussions accounted for 9 percent of all high school athletic injuries with 55,000 of them occurring on the football field.

To address growing concerns the National Federation of State High School Associations has implemented a new concussion rule effective with the commencement of the 2010 high school football season. It requires that any player who shows signs, symptoms or behaviors associated with a concussion be removed from the game “and may not return to play until cleared by an appropriate health-care professional.”

Our youngsters want to compete. It is up to the adults, coaches and officials to make sure they are doing so in as safe a manner as possible.