According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 1.7 million people sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI) annually. The CDC reports that motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of TBI-related deaths and are the second leading cause of TBIs. Unfortunately, many brain injury victims struggle to return to the lives they led before the accident.
Life after a TBI may be very different for survivors. The victim may not be able to physically perform as he or she did prior to the accident. He or she may have reduced mental capabilities and a number of brain injury victims also deal with behavioral changes that may be permanent.
During the past few years, brain injuries and the effects felt by National Football League (NFL) players have come into increased focus. As reported by CBS News, a new study from Scientific Reports has provided further evidence that the repeated head injuries suffered by football players frequently leads to chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).
During the study, 13 retired football players suffering from neurological problems underwent brain imaging scans. Results showed unusual activity linked to the amount of times they suffered a head injury during their sport. According to the lead author of the study, there is a strong link between levels of brain abnormality and head impacts that are bad enough to take a player out of a game.