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High School sports and brain injuries can be a very big problem for students, parents and school officials alike. Preventing injuries to students who participate in high school sports is a major concern for the community. There is an inherent risk of injury in such competitive sport programs such as football, hockey, soccer and wrestling. According to a study done by the Institute of Medicine, the risk of concussion type brain injuries may be much higher amongst high school children, than even at the college level. High school coaches and trainers are acutely aware of this problem, and it is their responsibility to work with the families of the students and the school officials, to make sure that injuries are kept to a minimum.

A committee formed by the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council reviewed the issues concerning sports related concussion brain injuries amongst minors starting with elementary school through college. The committee has recommended that further funding and research on this issue needs to be done in order to pinpoint areas where a reduction of these types of injuries for children involved in sports activities in our schools may be achieved.
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Our life, our personality is made up of memories, some good and some bad. The bad memories have their purpose, in that they provide us with warning signs that danger is ahead. If it were not for the bad memories, such as the memory of what happened when we touched that hot stove, we would never know not to repeat that act again and again. Bad memories remind us to proceed with caution when we are about to thread on dangerous ground. Good memories are the things that bring a smile to our faces; that brighten our souls when we are feeling a little down.

Everyone has benchmark memories that they have cultivated all their lives. These memories are of our interactions with our families and friends. Without these memories, we would become empty vessels. Sufferers from brain damage and dementia, with resultant memory loss (if total memory loss) are often described as being not the same person they once were. That is why the loss of our memory is a terrible thing.

What Can Cause Memory Loss?
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The autopsy of a deceased National Football League athlete reveals some troubling news about his health and the toll that the game of football may have taken on his mind, as well as his body. As reported by ABC News, an autopsy of the former linebacker’s body revealed that he suffered from a degenerative brain disease.

Adrian Robinson, Jr. spent his life playing football. After playing at Temple University, he first entered the NFL in 2012, after being drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Over the next few years, he bounced around between a few teams before signing with the Canadian Football League in April of 2015. A month later, Robinson reportedly took his own life by hanging himself.

The results of an autopsy reportedly confirmed that Robinson had a brain injury called chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Researchers reportedly state that the disease was likely caused by years of playing football, where he experienced numerous concussions and trauma to the head. According to the report, Robinson’s family has not filed any lawsuits in regards to his death. However, it was only a little over one year ago that the family of another deceased player sued the NFL regarding his suicide.
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Researchers find new evidence regarding the potential effects that the game of football has on the brain. As reported in the Chicago Tribune, a study conducted by the Department of Veteran Affairs and Boston University shows an overwhelmingly large percentage of degenerative brain diseases among deceased National Football league (NFL) players.

The study included 165 post mortem brains, all of which were donated to the study by former players from the high school to the NFL level. Researchers examined the brains for known signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). The reported findings were as follows:

***Of the 91 deceased NFL players examined, 87 showed signs of CTE
***Of the 165 total deceased players examined, 131 showed signs of CTE
***Of the deceased NFL players examined, 96% tested positive for a degenerative brain disease
***Of the total deceased players examined, 79% tested positive for a degenerative brain disease
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Concussions are common occurrences in the world of sports. Some athletes constantly experience hits to the head or violent jolts from bodily impacts. Football is one such sport, where players are required to perform in a manner that promotes the likelihood of traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurrences. The National Football League (NFL) is currently battling a class action lawsuit that accuses organization leaders of purposely withholding information about the dangers of TBIs. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the National Hockey League (NHL) are also facing lawsuits filed by current and former players.

The website redorbit.com is reporting that researchers are looking at how helmets can better prevent head injuries for football players. Information presented during the annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology, showed that current football helmets are inadequate at protecting players from concussions. When studies were completed to determine their usefulness, results reportedly showed that the frequency of brain injuries was only reduced by about 20 percent, when compared to players not wearing any helmet all. These statistics are prompting researchers to look for technological methods for safety improvement.

Protecting The Player
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A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can manifest itself in a variety of ways, depending on the location of the injury inside of the brain. Each part of the brain controls a different emotion and/ or action and damage to an individual section can result in specific behaviors or inabilities to function. The following are common behaviors associated with specific TBIs.

The Frontal Lobe – The frontal lobe is the area of the brain behind the forehead. It is responsible for emotions and determines your individual personality. It also controls spontaneity and sexual behaviors. When the frontal lobe is injured, the individual may demonstrate changes in their social interactions and inhibitions. A high level of intolerance or overly aggressive behavior are also common with frontal lobe TBIs.
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Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are one of the most common injures that can befall young children. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have found that children under four years old constitute the demographic group with one of the highest TBI incident rates. That is why our Illinois brain injury attorneys are working to raise awareness of these injuries. Even simple preventative steps can go a long way to saving many children from severe disability and even death.

A story in the North Fulton newspaper recently touch upon some basic safety tips for parents. To emphasize the importance of these safety efforts, the article shared the story of one nine-year old boy who forgot to heed his mother’s warning and rode off on his dirt bike without a helmet last September. While cycling through his subdivision to meet a friend, the boy accidently ran his bike into a chain link fence. The boy suffered a cut on the left side of his face, but even more serious, the child had suffered a brain injury. After being taken to a hospital, the boy was given stitches for the cut and then sent home.

However, the family soon realized the traumatic brain injury that he had suffered was far more serious than the cut. In the week after the injury, the boy began acting somewhat strange. His mother recalls that he was irritable and disgruntled-he was normally a happy, smiling child. On top of that, the boy had memory loss, became confused at times, and had trouble articulating his thoughts. The family eventually learned that all of these were symptoms of a serious concussion-rest and rehabilitation were required to give the brain time to heal and to keep the injury into developing into something serious.

More than one and a half million Americans will suffer a traumatic brain injury at some point this year. That means that it is likely that many readers will have a friend or family member has to deal with one of these injuries. For that reason, raising awareness of the prevention and treatment options for brain injuries is always an important goal. As part of the effort, many advocacy groups have declared March to be Brain Injury Awareness Month 2012. The drive is being recognized by those throughout North America and includes a wide range of activities and information-sharing events. Our Illinois traumatic brain injury attorneys recognize the important role that these advocacy efforts have in helping prevent future injuries and supporting those who are dealing with the consequences already.

A new story from Yahoo News discussed the efforts that some are making as part of the awareness month. For example, one brain injury survivor has created an online interactive space known as “My Positive Experience” where TBI victims and their loved ones can discuss their experiences. The author of the site who writes about his own experiences hopes to use the location to give a voice to those who are dealing with a TBI or are helping others deal with it.

In addition, My Positive Perspective includes a series of videos for all to view, including discussions with many experts on the topics of neurology. One helpful video from a board certified chiropractic neurologist is entitled “Six Important Factors for Brain Health.” By discussing basic information about the workings of the mind, the video shares information helpful all community members, even those who have not experienced a traumatic brain injury.

Time is of the essence when it comes to preventing severe brain injuries following oxygen deprivation. Each Illinois brain injury attorney at our firm appreciates that these injuries can accrue in any situation where oxygen is deprived to the brain because the individual is not breathing. One of the more common situations where oxygen deprivation arises is following traumatic births of infants. When complications develop during a labor, a new child may experience a prolonged period of time where oxygen does not go into the brain.

A new, but increasingly popular, way of helping these young brain injury victims is via use of induced hypothermia or cooling of the body. This treatment method is very important, because medical professionals explain that there are many challenges to reversing brain damage after it occurs. Therefore, all steps which can ensure that the damage doesn’t occur at all it is perhaps the best way to limit the total number of individuals living with debilitating brain injuries.

As discussed in The Gazette, the cooling process works best for infants when begun within six hours of the child’s birth. Though a few different methods exist-and more are being created-it usually works by stripping the child of clothing and have them lay on a mattress filled with ice water. In other formats a chilled hat or jacket may also be used. Our Illinois brain injury lawyers know this treatment has been growing steadily in popularity over the last few years. Now virtually all major hospital centers either have a hypothermia program in place or have arrangements to transfer a child to nearby facilities that do have the treatment.

Our Illinois brain injury lawyers were incredibly saddened to read this weekend about a high school football player who died after a Friday night game. The USA Today reported on the tragedy that struck in the third quarter of the varsity football game with many fans, students, parents, and friends looking on. Apparently, a lineman on one of the teams was hit hard during a play and fell face-first onto the field below. Teammates became immediately concerned as he did not get up.

At first, it was assumed that the player would be alright, because he rolled over onto his back by himself and was talking to coaches and trainers. He eventually sat up on his own, but he complained of a very bad headache. When he tried to stand up, he collapsed. He was taken by an ambulance to a local hospital. When he was being transferred to a larger hospital, his condition suddenly started to deteriorate. The ambulance turned around to go back to the closer hospital to perform emergency care. However, there was nothing that the doctors could do to save the student’s life after the head injury, and he passed away.

Obviously the tragedy has sent shock waves through the community. It is never easy to lose a young teenager, and it is particularly sad when the death occurs during a community sporting event. While deaths caused by a single hit on the football field are rare, football head injuries are much more common than many might suspect. In fact, our Illinois sports injury attorneys are very familiar with the severity and frequency of head injuries that occur because of contact during athletic events. New studies which show a rise in brain injuries of this kind have increased concerns from all of those in a position to prevent and treat these injuries which affect young athletes.

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