In the United States approximately 3.8 million sports-related concussions are reported each year. But concussions don’t just occur from sports injuries nor are they always caused by a direct head impact. A concussion can occur due to any sudden violent movement that causes the brain to move within the skull. In addition to sports related injuries, concussions may occur from car accidents and from slip and fall accidents.
The Devastating Long Term Effects of Concussions
A new study from the University of Michigan says that concussions and other head injuries may accelerate your brain’s age. The research studied college students with and without concussions. They took images of the college student’s brains as they performed tests on a computer.
They found that participants without a head trauma history had greater electrical brain activity than those without a history of concussions. In addition to slower electrical brain activity, the research also revealed differences in walking and balance.
The most devastating finding in the study revealed that brain injuries impair brain communication and cause the brain to depreciate faster than a brain that does not have any head trauma. They found that brain activity can decline for up to six years after the initial head injury.
Diagnosing a concussion is difficult. There is no standard test and symptoms don’t always appear instantaneously with the impact or injury. If you have been injured and experienced head trauma, it is extremely important to seek medical attention as soon as possible.
Source: University of Michigan