Parents are now realizing that baseball may carry the same risk of a concussion as football and hockey.
Baseball and the brain: New danger in concussion crisis?
Parents are now realizing that Baseball may carry the same risk of a concussion as Football and Hockey do.
There haven't been many cases of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in a baseball players: However in 2012 a fearless and star Baseball player, Ryan Freel, committed suicide. He turned out to have significant amounts of abnormal protein in his brain. Feels mother told NBC News that toward the end he was so depressed, there were days he didn't want to get out of bed. He was only 36 years old when he died.
The following is a framework for prevention for Traumatic Brain Injuries in Baseball and Softball:
- No athlete should return to play on the same day of a concussion.
- Athletes should not be permitted to return to play without the clearance from a qualified physician.
- Sometimes the signs of concussions are not immediately apparent and can evolve over time.
- Once concussion symptoms have resolved, all athletes should go through a progressive return-to-play protocol prior to being cleared.
- Every athlete warrants a thorough evaluation to identify the individual's deficits and appropriate treatment when they think they may have a concussion.
- Just a small percentage of athletes lose consciousness during a concussion.
- Concussions can occur in baseball even though it is not considered a high-risk sport. Being hit in the head with a ball or a bat or even colliding into a wall can cause a concussion.
- All 50 states have laws regarding concussion assessment and management.
- Remember the saying, "When in doubt, sit them out!"