March is Brain Injury Awareness Month, an important campaign as approximately 2 million Americans suffer a traumatic brain injury (TBI) each year. Many of those victims go on to recover and live without severe complications, but some do not.
The debate about preventable childhood brain injuries focuses heavily on high-contact sports such as football and hockey, but many toddlers and young children are exposed to a common danger on a daily basis: unsecured televisions and furniture.
The neurological community is abuzz after a relatively simple test successfully detected brain injuries in patients. The test scans patients' eye movements while they watch a four-minute music video.
Each year, between 1.6 and 3.8 million Americans are diagnosed with brain injuries. A large amount of these injuries derive from youth athletes who suffer concussions. The prevalence of sport-related head injuries, and their profound effect, has spurred safety reform in many youth sports, including football.
We recently discussed how gender may affect brain injuries, but the impact of age is often overlooked once the victim reaches adulthood. New research shows that just 10-year age difference can tremendously impact the patient's outlook.
About 20 percent of adolescents have experienced a traumatic brain injury during their lifetime, but female victims may struggle with the lasting effects more than their male peers. A new study suggests that teen girls struggle more with post-concussive issues like depression, bullying, poor grades, and alcohol and drug abuse.
In Ohio, the decision on whether to allow your child to play high school football used to be much easier.
A 16-year-old Ohio teen suffered serious brain injuries during a barbaric football drill last September and his family is hoping that his story will prevent similar situations in the future.
The evidence keeps piling up against sport-related brain injuries. While professional athletes have attracted much-needed attention to this issue by filing massive lawsuits against organizations like the NFL, brain injuries can just as easily affect young athletes. Ohio parents need to be aware of the risks of letting a child play some sports.
The Ohio House of Representatives recently voted in favor of a bill aimed at preventing Ohio youths from the devastating effects of head injuries. The legislation would protect young Ohio athletes from participating in sports if they exhibit concussion symptoms. The bill is important, because it would prevent a statewide standard for addressing brain injuries in youth athletics.