Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a fairly commonly used acronym these days.
Turns out, there's a good reason for its ubiquity: it happens more often than you might think. A study conducted by the Wake Forest School of Medicine determined that brain changes occur in the average football player after only one season of play, meaning that athletes are experiencing more impacts and potentially more damage from those impacts than previously
realized. A total of 24 high school football players were monitored with Head Impact Telemetry systems, devices that monitor acceleration in players and can predict when head impact occurs. The data from these devices was used to determine which of the players had likely experienced head trauma during the football season. Both the players who had experienced recorded high impacts and those who had not received recorded high impacts experienced changes in the brain over the course of one season; those in the greater impact group showed statistically significant signs of white brain matter injury, which is commonly associated with TBI. For more information click here. To learn more about TBI, sisit the ACR Head Injury InstituteTM's website.