Adding Concussion Awareness to the March Madness Conversation

Who’s in your March Madness bracket? For diehard basketball fans, nothing is more important than choosing the perfect teams during March Madness, a springtime tournament between Division 1 college basketball teams. As fans pick out brackets that attempt to predict the winning teams, the stakes are high. But as concussions in basketball continue to happen, the stakes might be even higher for the players on the court.

What is a Concussion?

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI). It occurs when the brain is shaken inside the skull, usually as the result of a fall or hit. The brain is cushioned inside the skull by a fluid called cerebrospinal fluid, which protects the brain. But when the skull or upper body suffers from a sudden impact, the brain slides back and forth within the skull, causing a concussion. Concussions are often accompanied by physical symptoms like:

  • Dizziness
  • Problems with balance
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Light and sound sensitivity
  • Headaches
  • Unequal pupils

Loss of consciousness is often thought to accompany a concussion. In reality, about 90% of concussions do not lead to a loss of consciousness.

Concussions are commonly associated with many types of personal injuries, including car accidents, workplace falls, assault, as well as contact sports, like football and boxing. However, concussions can occur in any kind of sport or activity—including basketball.

Concussions in Basketball

In fact, around 375,000 young athletes go to the emergency room every year with basketball-related head injuries. On the court, head injuries can occur when two players collide with each other or the hard floor of the court or come into contact with the ball, net, or other object. Like with many other sports, it’s likely that everyday hits or falls do not cause serious injuries. But when young people sustain repeated head injuries, even mild ones, it can lead to long-term consequences, including an increased risk of CTE, dementia, and other health conditions.

Since basketball is not a contact sport, it gets overlooked when it comes to concussion safety. But during March Madness, basketball is all anyone can talk about . . . so let’s add concussion safety to the conversation!


The attorneys at Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes represent those involved in car accidents, motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, and other types of personal injury matters. Our firm is one of the oldest personal injury law firms in Tampa Bay. There are no attorneys’ fees or costs unless we prevail for you. Call our office 24 hours a day at 727-796-8282 or simply click here to schedule a free case consultation.


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