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What is a traumatic brain injury?


As the thermometers rise while we enter the dog days of summer and flip the calendar into August, many sports fans across the United States start to shift focus from baseball to football. College football and the National Football league are enormously popular across the country. Whether you're marking the calendar for your home team's tailgate party, setting your fantasy football lineups or lacing up your cleats for a casual game with buddies, football takes over in many households on Sundays throughout the fall and into winter.

But football is inevitably a violent sport, and with the violence and impacts from crushing tackles and sacks also comes the risk of a Traumatic Brain Injury or TBI. Traumatic brain injuries recently came on a national spotlight when retired players filed a suit against the National Football League claiming that their lives have been forever changed while dealing and living with TBIs.

What is a traumatic brain injury? A Traumatic Brain Injury is the result of any impact that affects the normal function of the brain. Minor TBIs are called concussions, possibly lasting only a few hours, but multiple concussions over the years as well as severe first time TBIs may lead to life-long consequences.

It was estimated that over 2.5 million people visited a hospital or medical facility as a result of a TBI in 2010. Traumatic brain injuries are not just the result of violent sports. They are also common in falls and motor vehicle accidents, and they could affect anyone. Victims of a traumatic brain injury might be entitled to Social Security Disability Benefits for the injury. Qualification and eligibility for these benefits are often dependent on the situation. This is why victims of a TBI should understand the factors involved in the incident causing the TBI.

Although not all accidents are preventable, there are ways to minimize the likelihood of a traumatic brain injury from occurring. Despite that, even minor TBIs could impact an individual, making it important to take timely and appropriate action.

Source: cdc.gov, "Injury Prevention & Control: Traumatic Brain Injury," Accessed July 20, 2015

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