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Thursday, February 17, 2011
Increased TBI Awareness Prompts Calls for Change
Sometimes it's hard to believe the change in society's awareness of brain injuries. Actually, it's more than a change; it's a seismic shift.
It wasn't too many years ago that our blog posts despaired of ever seeing a meaningful increase in TBI research, improved safety features in football helmets, baseline brain scans for athletes, TBI news in major media on a regular basis. We wondered where the funding would come from that's so necessary to medical advancements. Little did we know at the time that it would take a war and the NFL to change things.
How ironic that the war in Iraq, where so many lives have been altered or lost, would emerge as the greatest gift to advancements in brain injury research, treatment and knowlege ever seen. And who would have believed that the NFL, that bastion of the suck-it-up mentality, would help lead the way in research and major safety improvements to football at all levels? Now, calls for change are everywhere. It's rare to read a major news site and not learn that someone somewhere is trying to make [choose activity] safer for our brains. We do indeed live in strange times.
From The Vancouver Sun:
So, another rousing night of hockey; another brain-injured young man left quivering on the ice like a poleaxed seal.
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