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Study examines brain trauma and death in football

Football is an ingrained activity throughout Pennsylvania. It can be a dangerous sport to play. Just how dangerous is only now beginning to be fully understood. With the violence that is inherent in the game, there are inevitable injuries. Unfortunately, many of these are head injuries that result in brain trauma. Studies are constantly being conducted and information examined to determine the frequency of a traumatic brain injury in young football players.

Tests discovered to diagnose a potentially fatal head injury

People in Pennsylvania and elsewhere sometimes partake in activities that pose serious risks to their head. Whether it is a bicycle ride, motorcycle cruise, playing a contact sport or traveling in an automobile, only some of these activities provide specific safety equipment, such as a helmet, to protect the skull or brain the event of a serious accident. The reality is that even a head injury that seems minute could present serious problems down the line.

The long-term effects of a traumatic brain injury

Whether it is due to a fall in the workplace, an incident on another’s property or a motor vehicle accident, suffering a head trauma will likely be a life-changing injury for victims in Pennsylvania and elsewhere. A traumatic brain injury or a TBI occurs when a victims suffers a bump, blow or jolt to the head. This injury disrupts the functions of the brain and could have serious long-term effects.

What are the common signs of a traumatic brain injury?

When an accident occurs, victims are often concerned with their safety and wellbeing. In fact, accident victims in Pennsylvania and elsewhere will look their body over, ensuring no major or even minor injuries were suffered. While this step helps them address major health concerns and injuries, this unfortunately does not help a victim address those injuries that do not have immediate signs and symptoms. One of those types of injuries is a head injury.

Come Off the Field After a Concussion

A recent report published in the Journal of Pediatrics concluded that high school athletes who stayed on the field immediately after suffering a concussion took twice as long to recover as athletes who left the field immediately and did not return to action. The study tracked 69 athletes who reported to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Sports Medicine Concussion Program after suffering a blow to the head. The athletes came from a wide variety of sports and ranged from 12 years of age to 19 years. 35 of the athletes were immediately removed from the game after suffering their injury, while the other 34 stayed on the field. The study found that those who stayed in the match after head trauma took an average of 44 days to recover, while those who were immediately pulled from action took an average of 22 days to recover. A New York Times article written by Rachel Peachman elaborates on the findings of the study. Doctors believe that resting in the 24 to 48 hour period after suffering a concussion allows the brain cells to heal faster, thus allowing athletes to get back in action more quickly. Taking precautions immediately after an athlete suffers a concussion is imperative to their safety.

What are the long-term effects after a brain injury?

Unfortunately, some Pennsylvania residents suffer major injuries after a serious accident. One organ an accident victim needs to pay special attention to is the brain. A brain injury could severely impact the life of a victim, causing temporary or even permanent impairments and disabilities. Such a condition can make it challenging for an accident victim to return to his or her normal life.

Delayed treatment for a head injury could prolong recovery

Unfortunately, there are many activities that could result in an accident that could harm an individual’s head. Whether a person in Pennsylvania is an athlete that suffers a concussion, a driver that suffers head trauma in an accident, a construction worker that falls on a job site or an individual that slips and falls on the property of another’s, a head injury could seriously impact his or her life. If an accident victim suffers a brain injury, this might not initially to be very severe. However, failing to timely treat brain trauma could leave the victim in a worse condition.

What are the signs and symptoms of a brain injury?

As a previous post highlighted, an injury to the head could result in a brain injury. This injury-related trauma could occur in an automobile collision, a workplace accident or due to a slip-and-fall incident on the property of another. In some cases, the trauma to a victim’s brain is felt immediately following the incident. However, in other cases, a victim may not notice any signs of an injury or display any symptoms for several hours, days or weeks following the incident. Therefore, it is important for residents of Pennsylvania to understand what to look for after suffering a head trauma in an accident.

Helping victims take action after suffering a brain injury

Much like no one ever expects to be involved in a serious accident, individuals in Pennsylvania and elsewhere never expect to suffer a serious brain trauma due to an accident. However, due to the negligence and recklessness of others, accident victims and their families could suffer tremendously. A traumatic brain injury (TBI) could impact a victim and his or her loved ones for an extended period of time or even for the rest of their lives.