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Indianapolis Colts Player Testifies About Traumatic Brain Injury Before Senate

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) can occur when brain function is adversely affected by external forces, including slip and falls or car accidents, as well as many other kinds of high-impact collisions.

TBI, which has life-altering implications, can be classified by severity, cause, or specific location of trauma. For example, whether the injury occurred in a particular location on the head or was diffused over a wider area.

According to a 2012 report, there are between 1.6 and 3.8 million traumatic brain injuries in the US each year, and as many as 10 percent are a result of sports and recreation activities.

Overall, the sport most commonly associated with TBI is football, followed by bicycling, basketball and soccer. 71 percent of all sports-related TBI emergency room visits were by males and over 70 percent of those visits were by children between ages 10 and 19.

Over 50,000 deaths occur from TBI annually, and at least 5 million Americans currently live with disabilities developed as a result of TBI.

NFL Players Beginning to Speak Out About Dangers of TBI

“It took losing my mind to care about my mind,” said former Indianapolis Colts player Ben Utecht.

Suffering memory loss starting at just 29, after a short football career in which he sustained five documented concussions, the retired tight end said that he fears where his series of traumatic brain injuries will leave him in the long run.

Utecht's sobering words come as brain injuries in contact sports are a growing concern for younger athletes and their families. Mounting evidence links head injuries to neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's and ALS.

Utecht said his final concussion, suffered in 2009, called for eight months of therapy and forced his early retirement after only a six-year career.

The brain damage he has suffered has changed Utecht‘s behavior in more disturbing ways. His mood swings are so severe that his 5-year-old daughter is frightened of him at times. “As a father,” Utecht says, “it puts the idea of traumatic brain injury on a whole different level.”

A Senate committee convened a four-person panel of physicians to help shed light on TBI and neurodegenerative diseases.

Panel member Robert Stern, professor of neurology, neurosurgery, and anatomy and neurobiology at Boston University, said that blows to the head do nearly the same damage as a concussion, but without displaying the symptoms of a concussion.

“I fear that we have a major public health threat looming,” Stern said.

Every single member of the panel insisted that they would never allow their young children to play contact sports, because of the dangers of traumatic brain injuries.

If a panel of medical experts feels this way, is it any wonder that parents might express some reservations about letting their own children play football?

Decades of Experience with TBI in Indianapolis and Nationwide

Have you or a loved one sustained a TBI as a result of an accident? If so, you need an experienced Indianapolis brain injury attorney. We have more than six decades of combined experience helping clients obtain compensation for catastrophic injuries.

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Source: http://www.indystar.com/story/sports/nfl/colts/2014/06/25/ex-colts-te-ben-utecht-fears-future-brain-damage/11388735/

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Indianapolis Colts Player Testifies About Traumatic Brain Injury Before Senate

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) can occur when brain function is adversely affected by external forces, including slip and falls or car accidents, as well as many other kinds of high-impact collisions.

TBI, which has life-altering implications, can be classified by severity, cause, or specific location of trauma. For example, whether the injury occurred in a particular location on the head or was diffused over a wider area.

According to a 2012 report, there are between 1.6 and 3.8 million traumatic brain injuries in the US each year, and as many as 10 percent ...Read More

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