U.S. combat troops in today’s war zones are at constant risk for traumatic brain injury. Against this backdrop, sports and military medical professionals are combining forces to come up with new approaches to the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of these severe concussions, according to the Los Angles Times.
Through January 2009, about 9,000 U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan have apparently been evaluated or treated for traumatic brain injury. And a Rand Corporation study estimates that approximately 300,000 U.S. soldiers may have experienced a serious head trauma in either of those two conflicts.
According to the Times, “for the first time, medical professionals serving on the sidelines of sports and front lines of war are huddling with gadget geeks, neuroscientists and rehabilitation experts at confabs regularly called by the Pentagon.”
Some of these new approaches that overlap sports and the military include:
- Better helmets with impact-absorbing designs
- Neuroprotectants or medicines that can “harden” the brain against blows
- Genetic testing for vulnerability to brain injury
- More sophisticated cognitive tests for brain injury
- More sensitive imaging technologies
- Using biomarkers such as a simple blood test for brain injury
- Enhanced treatment and rehabilitation protocols
While researchers are understandably placing the emphasis on military or sports concussions, these new approaches may also prove very effective in the civilian world too. While concussions can obviously have extremely serious, life-threatening implications on the battlefield or in competitive sports, for many residents of Virginia and elsewhere around the country, traumatic brain injuries often come about from auto crashes or slip-and-fall accidents. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that about 5.3 million Americans suffer from a traumatic brain injury. The signs and symptoms of a traumatic brain injury can be subtle, and symptoms may not appear until days or weeks following the injury. Victims may require life-long care which often places a financial burden upon the injured party along with family members and loved ones.
As a result of the potentially devastating nature of a blow to the head, representation by the best possible attorney is crucial for a fair recovery. The Virginia brain injury lawyers at The Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe, P.C. have the experience needed, and the requisite contacts with the best doctors in the area, to ensure you and your loved ones have the best representation possible. Call Toll Free 877-544–5323 for a no-obligation consultation.