|Blogs||Articles||Organizations||Biography||Jack's Book||Contact Information||Links|
Navigation: SOS Sisson > Traumatic Injury Blog
Jack Sisson's TBI Blog
A hug is duct tape for the soul.
Friday, May 03, 2013
Call Brain Injuries What They Are
From The San Diego Union-Tribune:
Say it with me now.
Not head injury. Not concussion. Not getting dinged, seeing stars, or having your bell rung.
That’s what it needs to be called. Every time.
The conversation surrounding sports-related brain injuries has never been louder or more widespread. Even so, the language involved in that conversation must adjust to emphasize the topic’s gravity.
When someone snaps his tibia, we call it a broken leg. When someone tears her ACL, we call it exactly that. And we know if injuries of this nature occur multiple times, the wounded may very well endure a lifetime of suffering.
Same goes for victims of head, er … brain injuries. Sorry. Force of habit.
This isn’t to say that there has been a conscious effort by people to mitigate a brain injury’s severity by using more palatable terms. As Illinois-based neurologist Dr. Julian Bailes said, “I think the word concussion is pretty much embedded in people’s minds as meaning brain injury.”
But Bailes also said that he frequently treats athletes who feel they can play through brain injuries, and as we’ve learned, that can lead to catastrophic consequences. So let’s make an effort to describe the condition as it truly is — to hammer it into people’s heads before more heads get hammered.
Hall of Fame offensive lineman Ron Yary said that whenever he goes back to Canton, Ohio, for the HOF induction ceremony, he asks other former players if they still would have suited up knowing what they know now. They all say yes. However, when he asks if they would let their kids play, they generally give a different response.
LinksTBI Film Reviews
TBI Book Reviews
Traumatic Brain Injury Law Blog
SoapBlox/Chicago: Protecting Our Troops
Head Injury Survival Journal
Losing the Physical Self
Tower of Hanoi: Instructions for this popular puzzle can be viewed simply by clicking the Instructions button on that page.
May 2005 June 2005 July 2005 August 2005 September 2005 October 2005 November 2005 August 2006 September 2006 October 2006 December 2006 January 2007 February 2007 March 2007 April 2007 May 2007 June 2007 July 2007 August 2007 September 2007 October 2007 November 2007 December 2007 January 2008 February 2008 March 2008 January 2009 March 2009 April 2009 December 2009 April 2010 May 2010 June 2010 July 2010 August 2010 September 2010 October 2010 November 2010 January 2011 February 2011 March 2011 April 2011 May 2011 June 2011 July 2011 August 2011 September 2011 October 2011 November 2011 December 2011 January 2012 February 2012 March 2012 April 2012 May 2012 June 2012 October 2012 November 2012 December 2012 January 2013 February 2013 March 2013 April 2013 May 2013 June 2013 October 2013