Timely & Accurate TBI Diagnosis is Critical to Avoid Long Term Injury

TBI

Education

“Education and recognition remain the most important components of improving the care of athletes with concussions. Education should target all the key individuals involved, including athletes, parents, coaches, school administrators, athletic directors, teachers, athletic trainers, physicians, and other healthcare providers. Previous studies have demonstrated poor knowledge of concussion recognition and management by players, coaches, and even clinicians.”

American Academy of Pediatrics

The Truth About Concussion

MYTHS

  • You need to be knocked out to have a concussion (fewer than 10%)
  • Helmets and mouth guards prevent concussion
  • A normal CT scan and MRI rule out concussion
  • If someone has a concussion, you should keep them awake
  • Hitting your head is the only way to get a concussion
  • You need to check pupils with a light to see if they are dilated or uneven

FACTS

  • 155 people in the U.S. die each day from traumatic brain injuries1
  • 45%+ of athletes do not report feeling any symptoms after a concussive blow
  • After an initial concussion, there is a 2X risk of a second concussion2
  • Multiple concussions can lead to long-term impairment and even death

Educational Videos

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Learn exactly what a concussion is and why it is so important to allow your brain to fully recover.

CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta explains the physiology of concussions and the long-term effects of suffering one.

Former Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, General Chiarelli discusses how repeated exposure to concussions in the military and in impact sports can lead to devastating and potentially irreversible brain injuries.

Dr. Jennifer Ashton discusses the major findings from a comprehensive survey on concussions and sports.

  1. “TBI: Get the Facts,” www.CDC.gov.
  2. “Incidence & Risk Factors of Concussion,” Am J Epidemiol 2004.