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Virginia Tech to be part of brain injury study

Recently, it seems as if there is always another news story highlighting the dangers of repetitive brain trauma, especially in relation to contact sports with typically high numbers of concussions. As science and medicine continues to develop, medical professionals are becoming more aware of the significant and long-term brain injury that results from repeated head trauma and are focusing on raising awareness related both to recognition of symptoms and prevention of repeated head trauma.

Virginia Tech recently announced that it will become part of a national study focused on researching and investigating concussions and head trauma. The study is noted as costing $30 million and is being funded by the U.S. Department of Defense and the NCAA. At least ten colleges are already a part of the study. Virginia Tech will likely bring additional resources and knowledge as it has studied head injuries on its football team for over a decade. As part of its own previously existing study, Virginia Tech provides ratings on the effectiveness of football helmets in preventing concussions, and they have recently begun assessing hockey helmets, as well.

Impact and head trauma suffered while playing sports is not the only way to suffer a brain injury or brain damage. Many head injuries are suffered as a result of car accidents, assaults, falls, and other incidents. Even though much remains unknown about effective treatment of a traumatic brain injury, medical professionals and those who have experienced a traumatic brain injury are well aware of the effects. Common long-term effects include severe emotional issues, memory loss, personality changes, loss of cognitive abilities, coma, seizures and even death.

Because the long-term effects of a brain injury are so significant, a person suffering a TBI often requires extensive medical treatment, rehabilitative care and long-term care. These things are generally quite expensive. If the person suffering the TBI is no longer able to work, he or she may be unable to receive needed care without additional resources. Filing a personal injury lawsuit against the person responsible for the TBI-whether it is the driver of a vehicle, a sports team or coach, or a doctor who failed to diagnose or properly respond to the head trauma-can enable the injured person to receive the compensation needed to cover medical treatment and other costs.

Source: Fredericksburg.com, "Avoiding concussions on the field," Dec. 4, 2014

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