‘Concussion’ Sheds Light on the Seriousness of TBI
The new film Concussion (watch the trailer below) undoubtedly has players, loved ones, and those who simply love the game, thinking about the possible long-term health risks associated with football. Some may even question whether the game is worth the risk. Contrary to popular belief, football isn’t the only sport or activity that may place you at risk of sustaining a concussion. Concussions routinely occur in a number of sports, including soccer and cheerleading. In fact, every one of us is at risk of suffering a concussion or mild traumatic brain injury on a daily basis. A concussion can result from a car crash, even a seemingly innocuous fall. Symptoms may not occur immediately after the injury. As reflected in the movie, symptoms of a concussion or mild brain injury may not appear until days or even weeks after an incident.
In Concussion, Dr. Bennet Omalu explains the difference between a human brain and skull in comparison to other animals, including a big horn sheep and woodpecker, animals better adapted to sustaining a head injury. While we may perceive our bodies as being more complex, these animals have a protective shield around their brain, whereas humans do not. Given the lack of protective shield, when we suffer a jolt or blow to the head, a traumatic brain injury is likely to result.
As evidenced by the recent NFL settlement approval, many claim doctors and physicians treating football players across the nation historically hid the seriousness of TBI, causing many players to suffer major problems down the road which ultimately lead to their demise. One case that stands out is NFL player Andre Waters’ suicide that could be attributed to a brain disorder that led to depression after suffering at least 15 concussions in his lifetime.
It’s important to recognize the symptoms of a concussion. Signs and symptoms may include:
- ringing in the ears,
- fatigue, or
- feeling dazed.
Concussion raises awareness of the seriousness of a traumatic brain Injury and is worth the price of admission. If you want to learn more about traumatic brain injury and how we can help, contact us by filling out the free case consultation form, or give us a call at 803-252-4800.