Traumatic Brain Injuries on the Rise in Youth Basketball


A study examining emergency room visits for children under the age of 20 receiving treatment for basketball injuries has revealed an alarming trend. Between 1997 and 2007, the number of traumatic brain injuries (TBI) increased by 70%.

According to the study, the number of brain injuries suffered by boys doubled during this time period, while for girls the total tripled. Since this study only examined emergency room patients, it is likely that the actual TBI totals are even larger.

Based on these findings, it is clear that there is a need for more extensive education regarding the dangers of traumatic brain injuries. Coaches, parents, and athletes should all have a thorough understanding of how these injuries occur, and they should be trained to recognize the symptoms of concussions as well as more severe brain injuries. When treatment is delayed, the risk of long term damage increases dramatically.

Overall, there were more than 4 million basketball injuries treated in emergency rooms during this 11 year period. While the number of brain injuries steadily rose during this time, the overall number of injuries declined over the course of the study. Other common basketball injuries included:

  • Ankle strains and sprains
  • Lacerations
  • Fractures
  • Dislocations
  • Knee injuries

If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury caused by the negligence of another, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your damages. An experienced brain injury lawyer can advise you on the best way to proceed with your claim.