Saturday, January 30, 2010

Cheerleading and Traumatic Brain Injury in NJ

Cheerleading and Traumatic Brain Injury

Who knew cheerleading could be so dangerous?

According to a study released last year by the National Center for Catastrophic Sports Injury Research, 67 of the 103 fatal, disabling or serious injuries recorded among high school female athletes occurred in cheerleading. In some instances, cheerleading is more dangerous than football.

In another study done by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cheerleading has the second highest rate for concussions and traumatic brain injuries in high school sports, behind only football.

Cheerleading is way beyond pom poms and now includes dare devil-like aerial gymnastic stunts with a tower of synchronized limbs dancing high in the air. One misstep can cause impact with hard surfaces and no emergency plan in place.

When gone awry there is impact of collision, whiplash-like injuries, blurred vision, migraine headaches, prescription medication, concussions, unconsciousness, nausea, split ear drums, orthopedic injuries, memory loss, depression and worse death.

What a tragedy for a teenage girl to be in her prime only to be struck down by a preventable cheerleading traumatic brain injury accident.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Teen Sports Injuries and Traumatic Brain Injury

A 13-year-old boy was injured while playing in a junior high football game. His traumatic brain injury led to the passage earlier this year of the nation's most rigorous law protecting young athletes from severe brain injuries.

The new law requires clearance from a licensed medical professional, which includes certified athletic trainers, before a student-athlete who has sustained a concussion can return to the playing field. Coaches should not be allowed to make those determinations.

The boy was injured while playing football in 2006 when he suffered a concussion toward the end of the first half of a game. He was twice returned to play and 60 seconds after the game was over, he collapsed. Doctors later discovered he suffered a traumatic brain injury and was hemorrhaging.

He was in a coma for months and required intensive therapy before able to eat on his own or speak. Now, he remains in a wheelchair.

The lawsuit settlement doesn't bring the boy's health and vitality back and he may never walk again. What the lawsuit settlement does is provide for needed assistance for his permanent disability, provide long-term care, and additional therapy without worrying whether or not it's affordable.

The school district did not agree to any wrongdoing.

The boy's family feels this traumatic brain injury was preventable.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Bill May Pass Coping with Military Traumatic Brain Injury

A bill has been introduced that would improve treatment for active and retired military who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury and expand care to military families.

Rep. Betsy Markey, D-Colo., introduced the Honoring Our Nation's Obligations to Returning Warriors (HONOR) Act.

The act will offer counseling programs at community-based veterans centers for active duty, reservists, and National Guard combat veterans. Currently and unfortunately, those programs are unavailable to many returning soldiers.

According to the RAND Institute, an estimated 620,000 returning military members suffer from PTSD or traumatic brain injury or both.

Friday, July 17, 2009

War is hell and so is traumatic brain injury

War is hell and so is traumatic brain injury.

20 percent of U.S. soldiers coming back from Afghanistan and Iraq have some form of mild traumatic brain injury caused by Humvee wrecks and roadside bombs.

Early detection helps but the symptoms can be tricky as they can sneak up months later in the form of headaches and nausea, dizziness, anxiety, forgetfulness, and being very angry.
Rather than being told to toughen up, they should be neurologically assessed.

The fortunate soldiers are being identified and placed in a 12 week therapy program which offers a good chance at recovery.

While doctors have gotten better at identifying and treating TBI, they still have trouble figuring out exactly when a soldier is ready to go back to war.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Actress Dies from Traumatic Brain Injury

Natasha Richardson died from a head injury which occurred during a skiing lesson in Canada. The actress was not wearing a helmet.

After the fall, she felt fine and was kidding and joking with the staff but about an hour later, fell sick.

The world is shocked and this revives the argument for helmets during skiing.

Monday, February 2, 2009

The Elderly, Their Brains, and the Internet

Internet browsing enhances middle aged to older people’s brain power.

A study said that elderly people who search the web have better controlled decision making and complex reasoning powers than their non Internet savvy neighbors. This activity has shown in a small control study that browsing the Web shrinks the cells that shrink the brain.

Move over reading and crossword puzzles. The aging population who gets their mouses (mice) going can increase brain power while staving off dementia.

Blogger’s note: If this study is true – I’m going to be a genius when I die!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Importance of traumatic brain injury rehabilitation

Traumatic brain injury can be from a mild concussion from a blow to the head and more serious injuries where the brain bleeds or there is a loss of oxygen to the brain.

Rehabilitation is crucial to the best of outcomes. Rehabilitation starts by undergoing tests for a number of functions including behavioral, cognitive, motor, language, and executive. Depending on results, the patient's rehabilitation therapy is tailor-made to suit his needs. This is because everyone responds to therapy differently and heals at different rates. Therapy can include occupational, physical and language therapy plus support groups.

All rehabilitation techniques are geared towards ensuring a person to function productively both at home and as a member of society. This may include making modifications to their living space in order to easily perform everyday duties. Rehabilitation options range from at-home rehabilitation to inpatient rehabilitation centers.

Most importantly people with TBI should be surrounded by supportive family and friends who should also be part of support groups in order to help them through this crucial time. Patience is key to success.