Patterns of head trauma, deteriorated cognition, and athletes taking their own lives have raised a question — “Is sledding safe?” Sliding sports athletes in bobsled and skeleton have exhibited post-concussion symptoms often associated with athletes in high-impact sports (for example, NFL players). The New York Times reported:
“In recent years, an increasing number of athletes, current and retired, in sliding sports, especially bobsled and skeleton — a sister sport in which competitors slide headfirst on a small sled made of metal and carbon fiber — have said they battle chronic headaches, a heightened sensitivity to bright lights and loud noises, forgetfulness and psychological problems.
Brain experts who have studied these athletes say the symptoms most likely stem, at least in part, from years of enduring the notorious crashes, routine headbanging, brain-rattling vibrations, and strong gravitational acceleration forces that are common in their sports.”
Neuroscientists and psychologists are still working to understand the effect sliding sports have on athletes’ brains. While the specifics are still being studied, it’s clear that sledding and sliding sports can cause significant damage to the brain. Personal injury lawyers and law firms are now filing sliding sports brain injury lawsuits on behalf of those that suffered brain injuries resulting from sledding sports.
According to the New York Times, sliding sports athletes were knowingly or could have been knowingly put at risk of injury by coaches, medical examiners, and other staff and were either not properly warned, full precautionary measures were not taken, or both.
As a sledding athlete, you were obviously aware that your sport came with at least some risk. However, the severity of long-term damage from head injuries, which seem to be known but not minimized with total capacity by team staff and the Olympic organization as a whole, was either downplayed or not fully recognized by many athletes. Now, athletes are facing the harsh consequences of this misinformation.
If you are now suffering “sled head” from your time as a sledding athlete, you deserve compensation for the costs associated with your injuries. Contact TorHoerman Law for a free, no-obligation consultation with a sled head injury lawyer today.