Woman Who Lost Her Footballer Son After a Concussion Makes Her Case in D.C.

We hear a lot about the dangers of concussions in the NFL. There has even been a movie called Concussion about head injuries suffered by players, starring Will Smith.

But the issue of concussions among school and college athletes has received a fraction of the publicity, even though there have been tragedies in high school sports. A mother from Colorado who suffered a terrible tragedy is seeking to change that.

The movie Concussion

Kelli Jantz will address the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations on Friday to provide input into its work on concussions and their implications.

She will share the story of her son Jake Snakenberg who died after receiving a concussion, reported 9News.

Jantz told the news channel about the day in 2004 Jake took the field for Grandview High School in Aurora, Colorado. It appears he suffered a concussion a week previously.

Jantz said Jake died on that day, after suffering a concussion before he’d healed from a previous one. The condition is called “Second Impact Syndrome.”

The TV station reported how in the years after Jake’s death, Kelli Jantz has spearheaded change in Colorado. Five years ago, Governor John Hickenlooper signed the Jake Snakenberg Youth Concussion Act. The new law makes It mandatory for coaches be trained to recognize the signs of concussions. Players must be taken off the field if the coach thinks they have a concussion. They cannot return without clearance from a medical professional.

Jantz will be testifying at a hearing titled, “Concussions in Youth Sports: Evaluating prevention and research.”

Many states, including Virginia, have brought in laws to protect student athletes from concussions. We have written in the past about the link between concussions in football and suicides. As well as the high-profile lawsuits that have been brought against the NFL, legal action has also been taken against school authorities and athletic associations. Recently a student who claimed he suffered ongoing migraines and memory loss, took out a law against an Illinois high school association.

Brain injuries and head trauma are among the most serious injuries we see in our work with our clients in Virginia and North Carolina. If you or a loved one has suffered a concussion or traumatic brain injury due to the fault of another person, we would like to hear from you. Call us at (757) 455-0077.

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