In the past couple months, sports and head injuries have been in the news. The U.S. Soccer Federation recently banned young players from using their head to hit soccer balls. An Illinois high school football player died from injuries suffered during a game (called “blunt force injuries due to a football accident” by the Cook County Medical Examiner). But, as always, the major news about brain injuries in sports centers on the NFL. Read the rest »
After a traumatic brain injury (TBI), many people find it difficult to sleep, to think clearly, or to remember information or events. A study published recently in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, however, found that when patients can sleep, sleeping may do a great deal to help the brain retain made memories and form new ones.
The study followed 26 participants and 30 control subjects. The participants were 18 to 22 years old. During the study, each participant studied a set of word pairs in the morning or evening. Twelve hours later, after either sleeping through the night or staying awake through the day, each participant was tested on their ability to remember the word pairs they had learned. Read the rest »
Although Nebraska has a universal bicycle helmet law, bicyclists can often be seen on Omaha streets without their helmets. Some riders don’t understand the importance of wearing a helmet, while others believe that a helmet cannot possibly help them in a crash.
How well do bicycle helmets help riders avoid serious traumatic brain injuries and head injuries in a crash? Two studies of bicycle helmet effectiveness may provide some clues.
A 1989 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine compared 235 patients who needed emergency room care for head injuries after a bicycle crash with 433 patients who needed emergency room care for non-head injuries after a bicycle crash. The researchers found that only seven percent of the patients with head injuries were wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, compared to 24 percent of the patients who did not have head injuries. Among the patients with severe brain injuries, only 4 percent had been wearing a helmet. Based on these numbers, researchers concluded that helmets reduce the risk of catastrophic head injury by up to 88 percent. Read the rest »
Organizations like the Brain Injury Association of Nebraska (BIANE) monitor and track traumatic brain injuries (TBI) within the state in order to provide a clearer picture of the risks of traumatic brain injury that Nebraskans face.
A recent BIANE study found that:
- On an average day in Nebraska, 24 people visit the emergency room, 3 people are hospitalized, and 1 person dies from a TBI.
- Over 300,000 Nebraskans live with traumatic brain injuries, including over 36,000 who live with permanent disabilities caused by a TBI. Read the rest »
The number of people in the United States who live with the effects of a traumatic brain injury (TBI) is higher than most people suspect, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC estimates that about 1.7 million TBIs occur in the U.S. each year and that they play a contributing role in about 30 percent of all injury-related deaths.
Even a mild TBI can cause lingering problems with mood, memory, learning, movement, speech, and sleep. A moderate or severe TBI may cause lifelong disabilities or even death. Read the rest »
Approximately 2 million people in the United States suffer a traumatic brain injury (TBI) each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). While many of these are classified as “mild” traumatic brain injuries, others are classified as “moderate” or “severe.”
Traumatic brain injuries contribute to about one-third of all injury-related deaths in the U.S. each year, according to the CDC. They also result in billions of dollars in medical costs, lost wages, and other financial hardships for those who suffer them and their families. Read the rest »
A study published recently in the journal PLOS ONE suggests that girls who suffer traumatic brain injuries (TBI) may show more psychological symptoms than boys do, including psychological distress, and may respond by turning to drugs or other self-destructive behaviors. Parents, teachers and coaches who work with female student-athletes may find this information particularly useful in identifying and helping to treat potential concussions in girls. Read the rest »
As kids all over Nebraska return to school, parents are looking for ways to keep them safe this school year. Student-athletes are at increased risk for concussions and other traumatic brain injuries on the field. While many schools, coaches, and trainers are becoming more informed about concussion, there is much work to be done, as these numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggest:
- Over 173,000 children and teenagers are treated in emergency rooms each year for sports-related concussions and other injuries.
- Visits to the ER for children and teenagers who suffered a head injury while playing sports have increased 60 percent over the past decade. Read the rest »
Brain injuries affect thousands of Nebraska residents in Omaha and elsewhere in the country. Every March, the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) and other groups, including many experienced Omaha, Nebraska brain injury lawyers, mark Brain Injury Awareness Month to educate the public about the risks of brain injury and the ways in which families can help protect themselves and others from these serious injuries.
This year, the theme for Brain Injury Awareness Month is “Anytime, Anywhere, Anyone: Brain Injuries Do Not Discriminate.” According to the BIAA, 2.4 million Americans suffer a brain injury each year, including 475,000 children. In the U.S. alone, 5.3 million people live with the long-term effects of a traumatic brain injury. In every case, early identification and treatment of the brain injury is key to minimizing the damage.
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