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Learning from football concussions: brain injuries and teenagers

It would be difficult for people in Cincinnati not to have heard about the concerns surrounding football and concussions. With two former NFL players committing suicide in the off season and numerous others filing lawsuits against their former teams and the National Football League itself, there has been a great deal of focus on traumatic brain injuries and the damage they cause.

Traumatic brain injuries are all too common in motor vehicle accidents. Whether they are caused by a driver or passengers smashing their heads on the car or just the jolt of the brain smashing against the inside of the skull, there is a real threat to anyone involved in a Cincinnati car accident of a brain injury. Though some people may not realize it, this new attention on football concussions and high school brain injuries will provide important information for individuals injured in car accidents.

Suffering a brain injury on the football field is very similar to one from a car accident and as doctors and researchers learn more about the damage they cause, there is a greater chance that this information will apply in emergency medicine, too.

Though football players have been getting injured or killed because of traumatic brain injuries for years, one of the most heart-wrenching stories was of a 13-year-old. He suffered an extremely severe blow to the head and concussion, but instead of seeking medical attention, he was sent back into the game. Eventually, it caught up to him and he became permanently disabled.

This teenager's story is tragic, but it is one that is also experienced by many people who have been involved in serious car accidents, too.

Source: Chicago Tribune, "High school football saving brains as game goes on," Daniel Trotta and Jo Ingles, Sept. 20, 2012

Learn more about concussions and the damage they can cause by visiting our Cincinnati traumatic brain injury page.

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