Northern California Hosts Conference To Discuss Traumatic Brain Injury Risks

by Staff Blogger | 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:

  • dementia,
  • memory loss,
  • aggression,
  • depression,
  • and confusion.

To help prevent students from developing the condition, the state of California passed Assembly Bill 25 last year which requires any student athlete suspected of suffering a head injury to be cleared by a medical professional before being allowed to play again.

This is why with California Personal Injury Lawyers with Berg Injury Lawyers say it is so important to have your child seen by a medical professional if they show any symptoms of a concussion after taking a blow to the head: