As summer comes to a close, pre-season football practices are in full swing. Here in Charlottesville, the University of Virginia football team is practicing, as are high school and youth teams. The NFL is in full swing and we are all abuzz about fall sports. With any sporting activities come risks, including more serious ones like traumatic brain injuries.
Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) have become more a part of the discussion of football related injuries in the past five years or so. But TBIs, which include concussions, are not unique to football. They happen in many sports and can occur in everyday falls and accidents. The biggest risk of a sports-related head injury may not be the immediate headache or loss of consciousness, but the prolonged effects and symptoms that can show up for months and even years later. Sometimes, that concussion your 12 year-old sustains in youth football could lead to symptoms later on in life.