A lot of attention has recently been paid to Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) in the NFL, and with good reason: Even a mild concussion can cause symptoms such as headaches, ringing in the ears, mood changes, depression, anxiety problems with memory and concentration, fatigue and sleep disruption. (Not sure if your child sustained a concussion? See symptoms.) Multiple concussions can lead to a chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a progressive, degenerative disease that causes the brain to lose mass over time.
We believe that TBI played a secondary role in Payton’s death. View the video to the right for tips on concussion prevention, and see CDC recommendations for recovery. Healing from concussion can be a long, slow and frustrating process. You may need to advocate for your child to receive extended accommodations at school, especially when TBI recovery is often a process of one step forward, two steps back.
Have you suffered multiple concussions? Help contribute to the scientific study of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) by registering to donate your brain posthumously to the Brain Injury Research Institute.