August 27th, 2012| August 27, 2012 With concussions and other serious traumatic brain injuries receiving more attention as research is beginning to show permanent side effects associated with the injuries, parents and coaching staff in northern California recently held a training session at an Oakland, California, high school on the dangers of California brain injuries, according to the ConcordPatch. An eight-year NFL veteran, Ben Lynch, spoke to the crowd this past Tuesday at Skyline High School, saying, “They call it the invisible injury for a reason.” Studies from the Veteran Administration Hospital in Massachusetts found that individuals who suffer multiple traumatic brain injuries are more susceptible to developing chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a condition in which the brain’s ability to function correctly degenerates over time. The disease occurs when a certain protein accumulates on the brain at the location of an injury and becomes toxic. This can lead to symptoms such as:
- memory loss,
- and confusion.