Brain injuries and energy drinks

On behalf of Parker Thorson posted in Brain Injury on Wednesday, September 30, 2015.

According to recent research, there is a strong link between traumatic brain injury in teens and the consumption of energy drinks. A neurosurgeon at St. Michael’s Hospital believes that significant caffeine consumption alters the makeup of the brain, which can make it harder for a patient to recover. Therefore, a TBI can be especially harmful for California teens because their brains are still developing.

It is believed that young athletes may drink them to get an energy boost or may be more likely to drink them because a popular athlete has endorsed it. Furthermore, many teens and their parents assume that energy drinks are like soda or other soft drinks and are not harmful in the long term. However, those who do research into their effects say that they are powerful stimulants that can impact a student’s ability to learn while in school.

New rules aim to make football safer for California athletes

On behalf of Parker Thorson posted in Brain Injury on Tuesday, September 15, 2015.

To make the game safer, the National Football League has hired a medical doctor to serve as a health and medical adviser to the league. Her mission will be to make sure that player safety needs are balanced with putting an entertaining product on the field for fans. After a player suffers a serious injury, he will be taken off of the field and examined using a standardized checklist.

However, it is acknowledged that players may want to take steps to get back on the field even when they are hurt because of their competitive nature. Also, players take pride in being able to play through any pain that they experience. To reduce the risk of injury, the health and medical adviser says that there will be rule changes related to how players tackle and protective gear that they wear. Making the game safer could help the NFL win over parents who may hold their kids out of youth leagues.

ADHD connected to traumatic brain injuries in report

On behalf of Parker Thorson posted in Brain Injury on Thursday, September 3, 2015.

Living with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder turns focusing on important tasks and maintaining personal relationships into a constant challenge for many California residents. Some experts hypothesize that there are significant connections between ADHD and traumatic brain injury with each issue providing potential causation for the other. A recent examination of a telephone survey of adults appears to support these thoughts.

Investigative researchers studied the responses to phone wellness surveys conducted in Ontario between 2011 and 2012 with a sample of 3,993 adults. Defining TBI as any head injury resulting in five or more minutes of unconsciousness or a required overnight hospital stay, they learned that 5.9 percent of respondents with TBI in their histories mentioned previous ADHD diagnoses. Another 6.6 percent of these respondents tested positive in a self-reporting ADHD assessment provided in the phone interview.