A number of the devastating effects of a brain injury have been known for quite some time. However, new information is released all the time regarding head and brain injuries.
Recently, professional sports organizations and athletes in Illinois have been focused on increasing the awareness of the effects of concussions suffered in hard-hitting sports. Many former athletes have brought lawsuits against various organizations for not properly educating athletes on the effects and dangers of a concussion. While many of these cases make their way through the legislative process, medical advancements continue.
One recent report is suggesting that there may be a link between athletes and Alzheimer's disease. An athlete who plays a very aggressive sport, such as football or boxing, may suffer repeated concussions and head trauma. The result of this trauma may have a direct connection to neurological damage that can affect memory.
Research has been done on the brains of relatively young professional football players who have died. Doctors have discovered that, in many cases, the brains of these athletes show a level of deterioration similar to that exhibited in Alzheimer's patients which is quite worrisome.
Many different organizations and individuals are working to educate people on the fact that trauma to the brain may cause dementia later in life. Education, especially in youth sports, is the focus.
With more evidence suggesting the devastating long-term effects of brain trauma, it is more important than ever to address injuries as soon as possible. In the case that a person suffers serious injury in an accident or collision, early detection and medical treatment is important. If the accident is the result of negligence or faulty equipment, it can be vital to hold the culpable parties liable for damages.
Source: Sun-Sentinel, "Link emerging between young football players, Alzheimer's," Diane C. Lade, Jan. 28, 2012