September 6, 2012

Concussions: New Research, Awareness, and State Laws

There have been several studies conducted recently on the long and short term effects of concussions (see “Why Concussions Affect People Differently”) and breakthroughs found in treatments of concussions (see “Progesterone Seems to Protect Neurons After Injury”). This week, the National Football League (NFL) announced it is partnering with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the US military to raise awareness of the effects of brain injuries and channel funds for further research. The NFL has pledged $30 million for medical research to the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health for research on brain injuries and their long term impact. (Read the article in the Huffington Post)

Increased public awareness about the effects of concussions may help athletes, parents, coaches, injured soldiers, and car accident victims recognize the warning signs of a concussion and seek medical attention.

Several states have passed concussion laws in the past two years. Click here for a round-up by state.

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