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Georgia’s "Return to Play Act" Could Help Save Young Athlete's Lives

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Concussions are among the most common sport and recreation-related injuries reported in children and adolescents, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Atlanta personal injury lawyers, Montlick & Associates, created the news segment to help you learn more about how this new law is helping to save young lives, and how parents and coaches can help protect youth athletes from permanent concussion-related damage.


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Atlanta Injury Lawyers, Montlick & Associates, Reviews the "Return to Play Act" Enacted to Reduce the Concussion Rate Among Youth Athletes

Estimates show hospitals treat some 173,000 traumatic brain injuries among youth that are connected to sports and recreation activities each year, according the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Medical experts say a repeat concussion can slow recovery or increase the chances for long-term health problems that could affect learning and behavior. There is also the chance that a repeat concussion can result in brain swelling or permanent brain damage. To help educated parents, caregivers and coaches, the Atlanta Injury Lawyers from Montlick & Associates created the video posted at the top of this page with important information about how this new law is helping to protect youth athletes from permanent concussion-related damage.

On January 1, 2014, Georgia joined 43 other states when Gov. Nathan Deal signed HB 284, the "Return to Play Act" into law. The legislation is based on three guiding principles used across the country:

Education - Educating parents, athletes and coaches on the risk of concussion.

Recognition - If a youth athlete exhibits concussion like symptoms, ensure they seek medical attention.

Return to Play - If a youth athlete is deemed to have suffered a concussion by a health care provider, he or she must receive medical clearance before returning to play.

"A head injury that that goes unnoticed or untreated can lead to serious complications, so knowing the signs and symptoms of a concussion is important," says Montlick & Associates’ CEO and Founder, David Montlick. "The new law will help protect our young athletes while they're on the field, but it also helps parents understand the nature and risk of even a mild head injury."

The Atlanta Injury Lawyers from Montlick & Associates encourage parents and caregivers to view the video posted at the top of the page, and click on the helpful links to learn more about injury prevention and how to recognize the signs of a traumatic brain injury.

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Return to Play Act

In this week's segment on ABC News, the Atlanta Injury Lawyers from Montlick & Associates reviews the "Return to Play Act" enacted to reduce the concussion rate among youth athletes.

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