New Study Aims to Help Reduce Traumatic Brain Injury Counts in Athletes and Soldiers

by Staff | June 26th, 2015

Two of the most common victims of traumatic brain injury (TBI) today are soldiers and athletes. Concussions have risen in high school athletes by as much as 200 percent over the past decade and a similar increase has been reported in collegiate and some professional sports as well. Furthermore, around one-third of soldiers returning from duty overseas are diagnosed with a TBI.

Our Terre Haute brain injury lawyers at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin explain that in order to help reduce these numbers, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Department of Defense have partnered to conduct a study on TBI victims.

According to an article from ESPN, the organizations have an estimated 35,000 participants who are collegiate athletes or cadets at U.S. military academies. Those individuals taking part in the $22 million study will be followed for several years not only to determine the frequency at which TBIs occur, but also the impact those injuries later have on the victim’s activities.

The aim of the study is to create better and more efficient injury management techniques.

Our Terre Haute personal injury attorneys at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin point out that it could take years for researchers to draw any significant conclusions. So, in the meantime, both athletes and soldiers should take precautions to help avoid TBIs. One of the best ways for these individuals to protect themselves is by wearing safety equipment, such as helmets.

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