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Do You Know Which Sport Can Help You Heal After a TBI?

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) has been linked to sports many times before, usually in a negative context. However, instead of causing brain injury, one sport can help you heal after a TBI. That sport is ping-pong. Playing a regular game of table tennis has many neurological benefits, and is even being called a “brain sport” by some experts. Physical exercise with the added mental twist of split-second decision making and strategizing can help victims of TBI improve their brain function after an injury. While some may question the validity of calling table tennis a “sport”, it is about to celebrate 30 years as part of the Summer Olympics, which seems to validate its sporting event credentials.  It has been around for over 100 years, and has grown from a casual after-dinner game to an addictive hobby to a competitive athletic activity. The rules are simple, but researchers believe it is…
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How TBI Can Change a Parent’s Relationship with a Child

It is common for toddlers and young children to experience minor knocks on the head. Learning to walk is tough, and usually results in at least a few falls before you really get the hang of it. Hazards like coffee tables, chairs, scattered toys and unforgiving sidewalks can mean that children may experience more than one slight head trauma at a young age. However, new research indicates that TBI can change a parent’s relationship with a child, even minor injuries like concussions. The study was conducted in Montreal, and compared the interactions of parents with children who had a traumatic brain injury (TBI), a broken bone or no injury at all. Parents answered questions about their relationships with their children, and were then observed during a recess period. The results showed that the interactions between children who had experienced a concussion and their parents were the most strained and difficult…
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Death of a Fighter Reveals High Risk of Brain Injury in MMA

Equestrian sports may have the highest incidence of traumatic brain injury (TBI) for athletes, but surely mixed martial arts (MMA) can’t be far behind. Renowned for its raw brutality, MMA has steadily risen in popularity throughout the U.S. and worldwide. However, the recent death of a fighter has drawn attention to the high risk of brain injury in MMA. According to a new study, up to a third of mixed martial arts fighters may be suffering from the effects of multiple concussions and TBI. It isn’t difficult to believe those statistics. MMA fighting, which seems like a more brutal form of boxing or a less ridiculous kind of wrestling, essentially consists of two fighters in a ring beating one another in a no-holds-barred, nothing-off-limits bout until one of them passes out or concedes. The most recent female Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) ended with the victor actually choking her opponent into…
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New Study Reveals Long Lasting Effects of Blast-Related Concussions on Veterans

One of the many dangers facing military personnel and veterans is the threat of traumatic brain injury (TBI) as a result of a crash or an explosion. The effects of blast-related concussions on veterans can be long-lasting, and can impact their quality of life for years to come. According to a new study, more than 40 percent of veterans who sustained concussions or traumatic brain injury experience hormone deficiency as a result. Hormone deficiencies can compound the problems related to TBI and can make the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in veterans worse. Fatigue, depression memory problems and trouble sleeping are all indicators of PTSD as well as side effects of low hormone levels. Those veterans who had experienced a mild brain injury and then developed hormone deficiency all experienced more pronounced and chronic symptoms than those whose hormone levels remained normal after a concussion or TBI. Are Blast-Related…
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