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Studies into head injuries continually seem to suggest that football and other contact sports might be too dangerous for kids. The controversy began when medicine first started to understand the effects of concussions and head injuries on players. When the NFL was recently forced to pay an enormous settlement of $900 million to former players who suffered from head injuries, it sparked a national conversation about the potential long-term dangers of sports injuries. Anne McKee, an expert in brain injuries at Boston University, answered questions about head injuries in her recent interview with the Washington Post. Mckee discussed the scientific studies on these injuries, and explained how people with past head trauma are far more likely to suffer from brain disease and other ailments later in life. Here are just a few sobering numbers on the issue: 95 percent of the 94 players her lab has examined suffered from brain…
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Having the ability to quickly diagnose concussions is a matter of extreme importance. For this reason, the medical community has put effort into creating new diagnostic methods for concussions, such as blood tests. By rapidly diagnosing concussions, lives can be saved and further complications can be prevented. People who have suffered concussions from sports-related injuries, car accidents or some other form of blunt force trauma are at risk for succumbing to second-impact syndrome. Second-impact syndrome is exactly what the name implies – a person suffers one concussion and then sustains another shortly thereafter. When second-impact syndrome is not fatal, it can result in permanent disability. Why can second-impact syndrome be fatal? The condition almost always results in massive swelling, causing the brain to push against the skull or spinal column. Who is at Risk for Second-Impact Syndrome? Second-impact syndrome is rare, but some people are at risk more than others….
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Brain injuries have been known to cause several short-term health issues post-injury, but what about long-term problems? It turns out brain injuries during early childhood may cause a decrease in IQ scores. According to two Australian studies exploring this concept, lower IQs were seen in children for several years after sustaining moderate to severe brain injuries. The studies imply childhood brain injuries could have serious long-term effects. In a study conducted by the University of Melbourne, children who had suffered moderate to severe brain injuries between the ages of 4 and 5 had average IQs 18 to 26 points lower than other kids, even ten years later. To gather data for the study, researchers studied 53 children being treated for brain injuries at emergency rooms and intensive care units. Overall, 33 of these children had moderate to severe brain injuries. Researchers used a control group of 27 children without brain…
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