Brain Injury Awareness Day
Today is Brain Injury Awareness Day, serving to raise awareness of the effects of brain injuries and advocate for further research into preventing them. With the fact that in the 2014-2015 NFL season alone there was a 58% increase of concussions, the sports industry is especially looking for new ways to prevent brain injuries among athletes.
According to the NCAA Injury Surveillance Program, there are 10,560 sports-related concussions annually. What’s more is that 96% of deceased NFL players have tested positive for Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE). CTE is a progressive degenerative disease that is often found in individuals who have experienced brain trauma, including concussions. The trauma causes progressive degeneration of brain tissue along with a buildup of an abnormal protein called tau. These changes can cause memory loss, confusion, impaired judgement, impulse control problems, aggression, depression, and even dementia.
With the most common cause of concussions being contact with another helmet, there is a lot of research going into different ways to help prevent and detect signs of a concussion. From different materials that absorb impact to technology that rapidly test brain waves for any signs of concussions, this new technology is aiming to greatly reduce the number of concussions among athletes.
To learn more about this new technology, check out the infographic below created by Ohio University’s Online Masters in Coaching program.