The prominent headlines of the National Football League and devastating effects of sports-related traumatic brain injuries (TBI), such as concussions, have people wondering what impact concussions might have on anyone. It is unfortunate, but no one is immune to a concussion and it is likely that everyone will sustain a concussion at some point in their lives.
A study, published April 15, 2014 in the journal PLOS ONE, revealed that teenagers who have suffered a TBI, such as a concussion, are at “significantly greater odds” of attempting suicide, being bullied and engaging in a variety of high-risk behaviors. These high risk behaviors can be anything from small time vandalism to high risk crimes.
Dr. Gabriela Ilie, the lead author and post-doctoral fellow at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, discussed the importance of this population-based study was to look at all cases of TBI, not just the ones that were bad enough to go to the doctor’s office and thus be part of the official statistics.
As brain injury lawyers, we are staying on top of potential side effects for all people so we can be better equipped to make sure you get the help you need, when you need it. Kids that go through a concussion or any other TBI should know that they are not alone. They need more support, and we, as a community, can do what we can to provide them help that they need. As Dr. Ilie passionately noted in her interview with Insanitek,
We need to find a system whereby when these conditions occur, there is a program in place to help those kids so they don’t fall through the cracks in the system and have no assistance whatsoever. We need to understand traumatic brain injuries are a serious thing.
Yes, TBI is a serious topic for everyone, children, teens, and adults. Perhaps, together, we can find a way to help ease the lives of those that are suffering by providing the love, support, and community they need to work through life.
Do you have a question or concern about TBI and how we can help you? To talk more about this, or anything else, please contact us. We’re listening.