Athletic stars and organizations have expressed concern about the role sports play in traumatic brain injuries, particularly long-term effects like depression. Junior Seau’s family donated brain tissue from the departed linebacker so scientists could better determine a link between the two.
Seau’s suicide suggests that ignoring or fighting the pain after a concussion can do more harm than good. Concussions are a form of traumatic brain injury in which a blow to the head causes the brain to bounce or twist inside the skull. If left untreated, any further head injury can have increasingly traumatic effects. Everyone who experiences any form of a traumatic brain injury should consult a medical professional, including:
- Car accident victims. Even minor fender benders can cause the head and neck to shift in unnatural ways that can cause permanent damage if not checked out immediately
- Athletes. If you black out for just a second, see a doctor. Your brain might have been deprived of blood or oxygen during that moment, and that can cause brain damage. Athletes should tell their coaches immediately if they feel tired, confused or sluggish, and coaches should check for dilated pupils, coherence and basic motor functions
- The elderly. Falls are the leading cause of traumatic brain injuries for all ages, but they are particularly dangerous for senior citizens. People over the age of 75 have the highest rates of TBI-related hospital visits and fatalities, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
If left unchecked, a concussion leaves the brain in a fragile state, exacerbating any future head injuries. This is especially harmful for children and senior citizens. If you know someone who suffered a concussion or other form of traumatic brain injury, give us a call today at (866) 377-3800 to see what your options are. There is no charge for the initial consultation.
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