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Does Location of Trauma Affect the Severity of a Concussion?

Posted on August 29, 2014 by Doehrman Chamberlain

We have always stressed the dangers of concussions. To classify one as a “minor injury” only downplays the damage it can cause. Now that people are learning more about concussions, football has been in the spotlight even more. Although you may always hear about a football player sustaining a concussion, you rarely hear where that player was struck on the head. According to MedicalDaily.com, researchers from the Colorado School of Public Health and the University of Colorado at Denver looked into whether location of trauma in football affected the severity of a concussion. In the researchers’ conclusion, they found that the location of a hit to the head does not make a concussion any worse. This finding surprised some of the researchers, one told Reuters Health, “Based on some of our prior research, we expected to see some differences.” Where on the Head Do Most Concussed Players Incur Trauma? Although…
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Is It Dangerous to Move a Person with a Brain Injury?

Posted on August 27, 2014 by Doehrman Chamberlain

It is common knowledge that when dealing with a victim of a brain injury, only trained medical professionals should move the person. If an untrained person tries to move the victim of a brain injury, they may do more harm than good. WTHR-TV reports that bicyclists participating in the Little 500 race are instructed to stand back up as quickly as possible following a crash. While it makes sense to have a rider stand up instantly to avoid being run over, this might be dangerous for bicyclists who have sustained a brain or spinal injury. In other words, telling an injured victim to stand up immediately after a crash could result in more injuries. What Is the Little 500? The Little 500 is an iconic collegiate bike race that has been held annually for half-a-century. Unfortunately, in mid April, one Indiana University (IU) student suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI)…
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How Many NFL Players Started the Season with Concussions?

Posted on August 24, 2014 by Doehrman Chamberlain

On the brink of a new football season and already, there have been over 44 concussions resulting from practices and preseason games in the NFL, according to the NFLConcussions Twitter feed. On July 26, Calvin Pryor was the first NFL player for the 2014 season to sustain a concussion. Forbes points out that Pryor posted a comment on his Instagram feed that he suffered a “minor setback.” However, Pryor’s “minor setback” was anything but “minor,” because he had to sit out two weeks for that brain injury. Are Preseason Concussions Increasing in the NFL? With 44 concussions by mid August, the NFL is set to break the previous preseason concussion record of 51 set just last year. The amount of brain injuries at this point is already ahead of the pace of the last two seasons. The number of concussions could be higher, because during the preseason, players are fighting…
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