NFL Donation Emphasizes Focus on Brain Injuries

The National Football League announced last week that they will donate $30 million to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to focus on advancing science and research to provide understandings for brain injuries and other medical issues. The NIH is one of the world’s leading medical research centers, and the donation will help the NIH specifically focus on mild traumatic brain injuries. Officials also suggest that the research could address other medical issues such as joint disease, heat and hydration-related illnesses, and sudden cardiac death in youth athletes.

According to the NIH, 1.7 million Americans suffer a traumatic brain injury each year, while about 50,000 people die annually from head injury. Because of the complications that may not be readily apparent, including changes in thoughts, sensation, speech, or emotions, traumatic brain injury is often known as the “silent epidemic.” The Center for Disease Control and Prevention notes that traumatic brain injury contributes to about 30% of all injury-related deaths in the United States.

As a way to educate local communities about the importance of recognizing head injury symptoms and how to treat them, Crumley Roberts recently launched the Crumley Roberts Safety Clinics. The clinics cover the importance of hydration, heat-related injuries, eye safety and much more. These interactive half-hour presentations are tailored to provide helpful information on preventing illnesses and injuries that go beyond discussion of the typical sprains, cuts, and bruises associated with youth sports.

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