Researchers are sharing their results of a study regarding the North American media's coverage of traumatic brain injuries in hockey over time. The study wanted to find themes within the U.S. and Canadian reports about sports brain injuries and evaluate whether the media's take on the matter impacts the overall population's stance on sports injuries.
Though it is crucial that medical professionals and the professional sports world focus on the dangers of concussions, the rate at which the matter is discussed these days can make concussions seem like everyday, nothing injuries, injuries that only happen to NFL players.
Earlier this summer, a large number of former NFL players filed lawsuits against the league. The lawsuits accused the league of negligence and contended that it failed to inform the players of medical risks associated with the sport. Specifically, the suits indicated the NFL failed to tell players "of the link between repeated traumatic head impacts and long-term brain injuries, including early onset of Alzheimer's, dementia and chronic traumatic encephalopathy."
In the wake of a motor vehicle accident, most people are concerned about treating their injuries as quickly as possible to return to a normal way of life. In cases where the injured party sustains a brain injury, though, a new study suggests the consequences from concussions or other traumatic brain injuries may continue for some time after all the scrapes and bruises have healed.