Over the past decade, awareness of the long-term risks of concussions and traumatic brain injury (TBI) has been growing among the U.S. public. (A concussion is one of the most common forms of a TBI.)
A new study indicates that many patients who visit the emergency room with head trauma or a mild concussion are not receiving sufficient follow-up treatment, whether that be examinations or recommendations for care.
“My son deserves to be heard, if only from his grave.” With those words, Kimberly Archie affirmed her commitment to raise public awareness about the life-altering risks of youth football. Her statement to the New York Post came after a Los Angeles Judge cleared the way for a lawsuit against the youth football organization, Pop Warner, filed on behalf of Archie and another California mom, Jo Cornell. Both of these plaintiffs lost their sons, who had played with Pop Warner, and had been diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).
The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that close to 1.4 million people are brought to emergency rooms every year with traumatic brain injury (TBI). The numbers are so large that medical professionals term TBI “The Silent Epidemic.”