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Do Mandatory Bicycle Helmet Laws Reduce TBIs and Save Young Lives?

Posted on January 28, 2015 by Doehrman Buba

Experience has shown that states that have passed mandatory bicycle helmet laws have prevented thousands of traumatic brain injuries (TBI) among children ever year—in some cases, saving their lives. After her son’s cycling accident, a Kentucky mom is pushing lawmakers to pass legislation making bicycle helmets mandatory for kids in her state. Following an accident that damaged the left side of her son’s brain, the mom does not want any other person or family to go through the same pain she has gone through. Since the accident, the child has had to relearn how to walk and talk again, and will likely never fully recover. The child’s story is having an impact, and the Brain Injury Alliance of Kentucky is working with state legislators to enact mandatory helmet laws for children. Are Mandatory Helmet Laws Effective? According to the Centers for Disease Control, falls are the most common cause of TBI…
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Are Helmet Makers Exaggerating the Safety of Football Helmets?

Posted on January 25, 2015 by Doehrman Buba

New Jersey’s U.S. District Court has dismissed a $5 million class action lawsuit against football helmet maker Riddell. Plaintiffs argued that the company made unsubstantiated claims about the effectiveness of its football helmets for preventing or reducing the chance of sustaining a concussion. U.S. Chief Judge Jerome Simandle claimed that it was unclear whether the lawsuit contends that the three helmets used in the complaint cannot reduce concussions at all or cannot reduce concussions by a specific percentage as compared to other helmets. Attorneys representing Riddell claim that the company’s advertising campaigns are backed by evidence and that it uses a disclaimer saying no helmet can prevent concussions. Individuals seeking damages in the suit are consumers who had purchased the football helmets based on the advertisement that they reduce the chance of sustaining a concussion. According to the suit, Riddell used a 2006 University of Pittsburgh study as the basis…
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How Are Traumatic Brain Injuries Handled in the Military?

Posted on January 24, 2015 by Doehrman Buba

New research on the long-lasting effects of concussions has led to a change of policy for the U.S. military. The Progressive Return to Activity policy will require a six-step process to be completed before military personnel can return to active duty. Department of Defense data shows that over 313,800 members of the military sustained traumatic brain injuries (TBI) in the last 15 years. Mild-TBIs, or concussions, were the most common type of brain injury among members of the military. Guidelines developed by Progressive Activity Work Group and the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center are similar to what has been used in college and professional sports. Professionals who have worked on policies to reduce the severity of concussions in sports were consulted while formulating the new policy for the military. How Does the New Policy for Concussions Work? After a person has sustained a concussion, the new policy requires a…
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