January is National Winter Sports TBI Awareness Month
A Vital Month for a Critical Injury.
Medical science is rapidly understanding the severe risk that a Traumatic Brain Injury represents. In fact, any series of brain injuries can lead to severe long term consequences, including cognitive impairment, changes in personality, and even paralysis. Each one is a serious threat that requires close attention.
That is why activists named January Winter Sports "TBI Awareness Month." Considering the higher risk for such injuries during high contact sports, it is only fitting. Of course, when we think of sports TBIs, we tend to think of football. The NFL is gearing up for the playoffs and the Super Bowl, and it is a perfect time to bring up the potential risk of a severe brain injury due to playing the sport.
High School Football and TBI!
Furthermore, in many high school and college leagues, there is not enough attention to the subject. High schools cannot afford to have doctors at every single game for every single team. Instead, many issues revolving around brain injuries are papered over and not properly addressed at the time. This is especially dangerous for young players, whose brains are still developing. This often leads to incredible long term issues later in life and in brain development.
Furthermore, other winter sports offer the potential threat of traumatic brain injury, including skiing and snowboarding. Due to the sporadic nature of many people's skiing, the chances of serious treatment after a fall of collision is often low. In addition, many people think that they can just "walk-off" a serious blow leading to a concussion. All of these factors added together are trouble for athletes and non-athletes.
Understanding More About TBIs.
Our law firm specializes in helping patients with TBIs, both caused by sports and other causes like work and car accidents. We see the damage that TBIs do firsthand. For more info on the long term effects of these injuries, read our regular updates.