Rise in Traumatic Brain Injury in Veterans and Athletes Prompts New Research

Since 2000, approximately 245,000 men and women who have served in the military have been diagnosed with traumatic brain injury, otherwise known as TBI.

The majority of those cases were mild; but, even mild traumatic brain injuries can be highly disruptive to daily life. Unlike severe brain injuries, mild TBI can be harder to detect. Sometimes a mild TBI is not recognized for weeks or even months after an accident. Recent publicity has focused attention on studies demonstrating that TBI is often not recognized in athletes until long after the injury occurs. For example, we now understand that even with specially designed helmets, NFL players may manifest severe disability years after their careers are over.

With nearly a quarter of a million service members suffering a TBI over the last decade, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has been funneling money into brain injury research. With a better understanding of traumatic brain injury, TBI sufferers stand to benefit from a broader range of treatment alternatives.

All of this groundbreaking research could help TBI sufferers lead more normal, healthy lives. But one thing it won’t do is reduce the significant costs associated with treating TBI or eliminate the significant impact TBI has on issues involving quality and enjoyment of life.

Rise in Traumatic Brain Injury in Veterans and Athletes Prompts New Research

2 Responses to “Rise in Traumatic Brain Injury in Veterans and Athletes Prompts New Research”

  1. Barbara Says:

    I am glad. So many people are trapped in TBI and we don't know enough about it.

  2. Anonymous Says:

    I believe Gary Harvey could have been helped, if guardianship hadn't gotten in the way. It's an example of the guardian doesn't care enough about Gary Harvey to do what's right for him. If the state had left Gary's care to his wife, he'd be much better physically.

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