Sports-related concussions, a mild form of traumatic brain injury, seem to be the hot topic right now in the medical field. As an occupational therapist, I have mixed feelings about this.
Causes of traumatic brain injury include, but are not limited to motor-vehicle accidents, falls by children and seniors, shaken-baby syndrome and blasts in war zones. While it’s good that this medical condition is finally being brought to light, I’m concerned that only those in the sports industry will reap the benefits.
The Nov. 14 article NFL and UM team up to create ‘concussion goggles,’ mentions it took a lawsuit by 5,000 former football players to find funding to create a new assessment tool to screen for concussions. Thanks to the Traumatic Brain Injury Act, just over $15 million is being allocated annually for research, state surveillance programs and more. However, this is not nearly enough funding for the 1.4 million people who experience a traumatic brain injury every year in the United States.
Reina Miranda, Coral Springs