Progress in Reducing Brain Injuries Can Be Used As Blueprint for Sports Injuries

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Federal agencies are now focusing very strongly on reducing the risk of brain injuries while playing sports.

The number of teenagers suffering brain injuries while playing sports has been increasing, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention believes that the progress that has been made in reducing the number of brain injuries in car accidents can be used to help bring about similar declines in sports-related brain injuries as well.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, since 1980, there has been a drop of more than 40% in traumatic brain injury sustained in car accidents.  That drop has been at least partly due to the fact that motorists are now driving safer cars than ever before, and have a number of features including seat belts , airbags and other features that help reduce the risk of traumatic injuries in an accident.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention believes that the approach that has helped reduce brain injuries in car accidents can also be used to bring about similar declines in sports.

Federal agencies are now focusing very strongly on reducing the risk of brain injuries while playing sports.  The Institute of Medicine recently began a study into sports concussions involving players in elementary school through young adulthood.  It is clear to brain injury lawyers that this was a problem that was existent for a very long time in high school and college sports, but was neglected for a very long period of time.

It is only now that people are beginning to wake up to the long-term health effects that come when a young child in high school or even an elementary school is consistently exposed to traumatic brain injury, even when these are mild injuries like concussions.  The CDC has been increasing its efforts, collaborating with the National Football League and other groups to educate players as well as coaches about treating brain trauma as soon as it occurs, and to avoid injuries altogether.

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