Concussions Can happen to Anyone, Anywhere
We often focus on concussion being a sport or car accident-related injury but this isn’t entirely true. While most concussions do happen as a result of sports or accidents, people can sustain them from many other causes.
Concussion is a serious health concern with roughly 400,000 Canadians a year sustaining one. Worldwide there are about 40 million concussions a year. Concussions can have impacts that range from very mild to life-altering. It is estimated that almost thirty percent of people with a concussion will suffer persistent problems that lower both their quality of life and their ability to work, study or participate in sports.
Following the 2019 Parliamentary Subcommittee on Sports-related Concussion in Canada, there was a call for the creation of a national group to conduct coordinated research on concussion. As a result of the call the CCN was launched to research all causes of concussion and as a result to improve patient care methods.
Concussions occur in people of all ages and backgrounds. The elderly and the very young usually sustain a concussion from falls. Physical abuse/intimate partner violence has also been identified as a common cause of concussion. New research indicates that up to 80% of survivors of intimate partner violence have a traumatic brain injury. The level of TBI in the incarcerated population in Canada is estimated to be at least 2.5 times higher than the national average. The John Howard Society reports that about 43% of the incarcerated population has had a TBI.
Sports are a leading cause of concussion. Research and coaching guidelines are now focusing heavily on the prevention of concussion in sport. For example, eliminating body checking in youth (under 13) players resulted in 4,500 fewer concussions a year. In all sports mouth guards, improved helmets and other equipment as well as revised coaching methods, and new rules for sport have also reduced the number of concussions.
Rapid concussion diagnosis methods are also being researched and rolled out into clinical and field-side use in order to treat concussions faster and better. This can help catch otherwise undiagnosed injuries, can speed recovery, and can prevent further damage from occurring to individuals. Some of the new methods include improved imaging and spit tests that look for biomarkers of concussion.
As the understanding of the chemistry and the biology of concussion improve so do the treatments. At one point it was believed complete bed rest in a dark quiet environment was required for extended periods. Researchers are now discovering that resting for more than one or two days can slow recovery.
If you or a loved one has sustained a concussion in an accident due to someone else’s negligence please contact one of our highly experienced personal injury lawyers at Deutschmann Personal Injury and Disability Law for your free initial consultation today. We can help secure your future and make sure you don’t face it alone. Call us 1.866.414.4878