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How Can Football Injuries Cause Brain Damage?

Brain injuries and football have become a popular topic of discussion over the last several years. Specifically, many people are talking about the implications of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a type of damage found in the brains of deceased football players. The recent death of former NFL player Aaron Hernandez has also kept the discussion about CTE in the public spotlight. CTE continues to befuddle the medical community, but it is believed the condition is caused by repetitive brain trauma. Collisions during contact sports such as football cause frequent concussions which help foster the conditions for CTE to develop. CTE is a crippling condition that may cause memory loss, poor impulse control, depression, substance abuse disorder and a general loss of cognitive abilities. In addition to CTE, football players can also suffer from subdural hematomas, a type of bleeding that occurs between the surface of the brain and its outer…
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5 Myths About Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic brain injuries are eight times more common in the U.S. than AIDS, breast cancer, MS, and spine injury combined, but most Americans still do not fully understand the dangers affiliated with these types of injuries. There are many popular misconceptions regarding TBI that can lead to further injury or even death. Common TBI Myths TBI only occurs when you lose consciousness – FALSE! In fact, only about 10-20 percent of people who suffer a brain injury reported losing consciousness. Recovery from TBI is quick, especially in children – NOPE! It is true that many individuals make a full recovery from a concussion within a few days, but to say everyone is so lucky is extremely dangerous. TBIs vary depending on the patient and recovery can last any amount of time; some may never fully recover. Children with TBI often take longer to fully recover and require more treatment. Helmets…
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Living with a Traumatic Brain Injury

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have reported that more than 1.4 million traumatic brain injury (TBI) cases occur every year. Around 20 percent of these cases are the result of a motor vehicle accident (MVA). The CDC also reports that of those injured, at least 50,000 die due to TBI annually. For TBI victims who survive, life will never be the same. Unlike other common injuries that occur in MVAs, broken bones for example, the harm done by a TBI will not be fixed after surgery and a month in a cast. A TBI is for life. Those that suffer a TBI may never be able to do the same things again. Work, communication, hobbies and everything else may become impossible. After the immediate medical procedures, acute care and inpatient rehabilitation, the challenges are just beginning. Sometimes, the patient never truly becomes medically stable and will probably require near…
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