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Why would we doubt dangers of repeated head trauma in Sports?

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With professional football players claiming injuries from years of head trauma, the discussion on the extent of brain injuries and its relationship to depression is now front and center news. This is truly a simple concept – we can easily injure our brains but the consequences are much more complex to fully understand. For a better understanding of the link between brain injuries and depression, please take a moment to read the comments of Michael Lobatz, director of the Rehabilitation Center for Scripps Health. You can see Mr. Lobatz in the youtube video attached.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=7h7Gey_M_zA#!

There are several different types of brain injuries which include Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) as well as Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE). The distinction is the number of times there is trauma to the brain. When you have an injury from one trauma, this is usually considered a TBI. If you have an injury to the brain caused by multiple injuries then the injury may be referred to as CTE.

While the general public may believe that recovery is possible regardless of the type of trauma, science is very clear that the brain does not always allow for a full recovery from trauma.

I was not surprised to learn that the number one cause of concussions in student athletes is football but I was very surprised to learn that the number two cause of concussions in students is cheerleading.

I hope we continue to discuss the true dangers of repeated head blows in order to stop both TBI and CTE.

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  1. Diego Avila says:
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    I’m also surprised by the fact I was surprised that cheerleading was the number two cause of concussions among students. Any activity that involves a high risk of falling or collision is definitely something that will increase your risk of concussions.