Category Archive: Injury Blog

Students Aim to Develop Technology to Better Track Concussion Recovery

Sports are a cornerstone of American culture, but they are also one of the leading causes of traumatic brain injuries like concussions that are sustained by athletes. Concussion awareness has evolved significantly over the last few decades, growing from a neglected and misunderstood issue to a core focus of advocacy, education, and research. Students have now even joined the ranks of scientific experts who seek to enhance concussion diagnosis and recovery. Click here to read more »

Focusing on the Child: Better Recovery from a TBI

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates that the number of children coping with concussions and other traumatic brain injuries continues to rise. Between 2001 and 2009, the rate of emergency department visits for sports and recreation related injuries that resulted in a TBI diagnosis rose a full 57% among children. Given that such significant brain development occurs during childhood, the recovery process after a TBI is paramount to every child’s overall health and future success. Click here to read more »

How to Be a Better Advocate for Loved Ones with TBIs

The past year has been nothing short of a political firestorm, but it is fortunately possible to support and advocate for the most important health issues facing Americans without even dipping a toe into politics. Advocacy is defined as the process of supporting a particular principle, policy, or plan of action to address specific needs like traumatic brain injuries. In fact, advocacy is a core component of the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) in its efforts to improve awareness, prevention, research, healthcare, and civil rights for patients who have sustained brain injuries. Click here to read more »

Art Therapy and Traumatic Brain Injuries

Traumatic brain injury poses a major threat to all Americans, but especially athletes, combat soldiers, and other people who place themselves in situations more likely to result in blows to the head. The Centers for Disease Control reports that millions of people incur a brain injury each year, which means that millions of people around the country are coping with cognitive, physical, behavioral, and/or emotional impairments. The good news is that these impairments are within the scope of being treated and resolved, even through unique strategies like art therapy. Click here to read more »

BIAF’s “WalkAbout Brain Injury” Is Back this March!

Every year, the Brain Injury Association of Florida (BIAF), Florida’s only not for profit organization devoted to Floridians with brain injuries, hosts a WalkAbout to raise awareness and funding to support brain injury prevention, treatment, and education in Florida. Considering that March is National Brain Injury Awareness Month, it is the perfect time to support all Florida families who have experienced the impacts of a traumatic brain injury. Click here to read more »

The Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance Aims to Unmask Brain Injury this April

Since 1984, the Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance has advocated for brain injury patients and their families, specifically to help them receive the best rehabilitation and support services. As explained on the group’s website, “Our goal is to work towards a world where all avoidable brain injuries are prevented, all non-preventable brain injury are minimized, and all individuals who have experienced brain injury can maximize their quality of life.” On Saturday, April 1, the MBIA will host a major showcase titled “Unmasking Brain Injury in Minnesota” in an effort to reach those comprehensive goals. Click here to read more »

The Use of Hyperbaric Oxygen Chambers in Treating Traumatic Brain Injuries

Few people aside from medical professionals have ever heard of hyperbaric oxygen chambers, but now former New York Jets quarterback Joe Namath is enthusiastically bringing them to the public’s attention. Hyperbaric oxygen chambers offer a cutting edge new treatment for patients with brain injuries. Click here to read more »

New Study Looks to Reduce Brain Swelling During Concussions

Concussions impact a wide range of people each year, from athletes and soldiers to car crash victims. Extensive research has continued over the years to help scientists and doctors better understand why concussions occur and which techniques best assist recovery. Most recently, a team of biomedical engineering researchers from the University of Arkansas discovered a simple way to reduce the swelling of the brain after a concussion. Click here to read more »

Concussion 101: To Be or Not to Be Active

At the same time that sleep is being recognized in research for its critical role in traumatic brain injury recovery, other studies are investigating exactly how much sleep is best after a patient endures a concussion. As 2017 continues, doctors and scientists will continue to work to determine the right blend of sleep and activity following a concussion. Click here to read more »

The Relationship between Better Sleep and Improved TBI Recovery

The benefits of sleep are well understood, but now science is proving the true implications of sleep for those coping with traumatic brain injuries. Nadia Gosselin, the senior author for a study released in the journal Neurology, recently sought to examine the correlation between sleep patterns and TBI recovery. Her results prove that as much as TBI patients need rehabilitation therapy, they also need sleep. Click here to read more »