“Concussion” Brings the Risks of a Traumatic Brain Injury to the Silver Screen

If there’s one thing that can cause more damage to the brain than a concussion or other type of traumatic brain injury (TBI), it’s another blow to the head before the initial injury has healed. Studies have established a link between the degenerative brain disease known as Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) and repeated TBIs.

The Arkansas brain injury lawyers at Rainwater, Holt & Sexton explain CTE can be brought on when the brain is unable to recover from the damage that results from a TBI. As the condition progresses, the matter that makes up the brain and the organ’s function can both deteriorate. Symptoms can include changes in behavior, mood, and sleep patterns.

While many sports organizations are working to make athletic events safer by implementing strict rules and utilizing the latest and safest equipment, some scientists say that raising awareness about the adverse health effects TBIs can have on players is the best way to battle the problem.

Hopefully, a new movie starring Will Smith called “Concussion” will help bring the dangers of TBIs to the spotlight for millions of Americans. FOX News reports the film is about the life and career of the pathologist who identified the connection between CTE and athletes who had suffered repeated TBIs while  playing contact sports.

Even with the exposure the film will bring to the risks of TBIs, it’s important to remember that not all accidents can be prevented, especially if it was caused by another person’s negligence. That’s why our legal staff at Rainwater, Holt & Sexton encourages TBI victims to learn more about the resources and options that may be available to help along the road to recovery.

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