Going to an amusement park is supposed to lead to thrills, adventure and bonding with family and friends. Unfortunately, for the second time in less then a month, a fun day at the amusement park has led to a trip to the hospital after one ride left patrons injured.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are about 2.5 million traumatic brain injuries suffered in the U.S. every year. Most of those injuries result in at least emergency room visits. Some 280,000 result in the patient being admitted to the hospital and about 50,000 people die of their injuries every year.
Head injuries sustained by football players have received a significant amount of attention in recent months. However, athletes involved in other sports are also at risk of suffering serious head injuries. For instance, many snowboarders and skiers have suffered concussions or other head or brain injuries when performing tricks or during races.
We have been covering brain injuries in football a lot recently as the problem of player safety and the hope of possible treatments have been in the news. Football's big day is coming up this weekend, and in addition to the usual speculation on which team will win and what the ads will be like this year, many are also turning their attention to the issue of brain injuries.
In a recent post, we discussed the groundbreaking research being done in California for brain injury victims that may provide a way to diagnose chronic traumatic encephalopathy in living patients, which has not been possible before. Unfortunately, CTE has already affected many people and in some cases has been linked to suicides among patients who experienced severe depression and increased aggression because of the illness.
For some time, doctors and researchers in California and around the country have suspected that there exists a link between multiple head injuries, caused by contact sports, military service or other activities, and lasting, life-changing brain damage. Now, a new study appears to confirm those suspicions.
Last week, we began a two-part blog series on the potential healing effects of fish oil on brain injuries. Comprised of omega-3 essential fatty acids, fish oil is believed to help brain trauma patients recover more quickly from their injuries by providing the brain with building blocks for recovery.
In 2010, a 17-year-old boy was driving on a winding road when he lost control of his car and careened off the road. When paramedics arrived at the scene of the car accident, the teen was in a coma as a result of the massive brain injuries he had suffered in the crash. He remained in that coma for several weeks, with doctors able to do little but keep him stable and simply wait for his brain to recover.
Every year, about 1.4 million people suffer head injuries in California and across the United States, resulting in approximately 50,000 annual fatalities. Now, a new study has reportedly found that brain injury patients are more likely to die if they are admitted to the hospital on a weekend than on a weekday. This is believed to be the result of inconsistent staffing levels during the two time periods.
Last week, Junior Seau, a long-time member of the San Diego Chargers professional football team, committed suicide in his Oceanside home. Now, many are wondering whether Seau's death was the direct result of the concussions and other brain injuries that he likely suffered during his long football career.