Probably the first sport that comes to mind when the term “traumatic brain injury” gets brought up is football. Most likely because of the media barn burning that has taken place over the last year due to NFL players coming out of the woodwork suing the league for the concussions they’ve received over the years.
Most grown adults and even a major of youngsters don’t pull on helmets on a daily or even weekly basis and get out on the field to have helmet-to-helmet contact. Yet, while it might seem like we’re relatively safe from inflicting serious head contusions on ourselves, since we don’t all play full-contact sports, there’s still danger lurking around the corner in the form of many other sports we otherwise wouldn’t think could hurt us.
Less Traditional Sports That Can Cause
The truth is there is a real risk of receiving injuries while participating in less traditional sports – even the ones we’ve grown up enjoying and still do in our adulthood. For instance, we learned this earlier year after the tragic-suicide death of legendary BMX biker Dave Mirra, when they performed his autopsy that he had already been suffering from the degenerative brain condition — chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). CTE was first categorized by Dr. Bennet Omalu, who had been working on the case former NFL center Mike Webster and wrote up his post-mortem findings in the journal Neurosurgery titled “Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy.”
It’s actually common for individuals to have experienced a concussion at some point in their life. As a matter of fact, at least one-quarter of Americans have had at minimum one concussion. Some have had multiple concussions. A recent study showed that those who participated in those “extreme sports” mentioned above face a bigger risk for a higher number of concussions. This also validates the necessity for wearing a helmet when playing those sports.
Today, there’s a vast array of “extreme sports” that are hugely popular and with the rise in participation in these sports, so goes up the number of head and neck injuries. Here’s just a few of those sports, labeled extreme:
- Mountain Biking
- Wingsuit flying
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