In 2013, the American Academy of Neurology updated their sports concussion evaluation and management guidelines for the first time in 16 years, and one of the biggest changes is to how it deals with return-to-play recommendations for young adults and children. Currently, recommendations say that young athletes should not be allowed to play again until they have been looked at by a healthcare professional.
As Arizona residents may know, mild head injuries are often deceptive. The trauma may be slight, and the injured individual may seem shaken but not hurt. If brain injury occurred, the signs and symptoms may develop gradually. The onset of injury differs from person to person.
Any Arizona resident could suffer a brain injury at some point in their lives. Brain injuries can occur if a person is involved in a bike accident, car crash or all-terrain vehicle accident. Older individuals are prone to suffering brain injuries during a fall, while kids are at risk of injuring themselves at the playground.
Phoenix residents may wish to have more information about the seriousness of brain injuries related to car accidents. These injuries may result in severe damage, lengthy recovery and long-term effects.
Arizona college sports fans may not know that the National Collegiate Athletic Association filed a settlement on July 29 in federal court in Illinois for $75 million to be used for head trauma research and medical monitoring of athletes. The NCAA will reportedly provide $70 million to set up a monitoring fund and $5 million over a period not to exceed 10 years for research into concussions.
With today’s emphasis on treating and preventing traumatic brain injuries, it may seem like more people are experiencing them. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that more than two million Americans will go to the hospital this year after suffering TBI, otherwise known as a concussion. Of those who suffer such injuries, 50,000 will pass away. However, a greater number will experience lingering effects that may go untreated.
While it is well-settled that the diagnosis on how to treat a person who has suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) depends on the severity of the injury and the person’s subsequent symptoms. In essence, a person can suffer several different grades of concussions and be treated differently.