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CDC Looks to Reduction of Brain Injuries in Car Accidents for Help in Preventing Sports Trauma

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is looking to the dramatic decline in traumatic brain injuries in car accidents over the past few decades, for inspiration in helping prevent sports-related brain trauma among athletes.

It is no secret that brain injuries involving football players and other professional athletes have dominated the news headlines, and have focused attention on the need to prevent these injuries involving young players. Very often, elementary school and high school football players suffer frequent concussions while playing football, and this constant injury increases their risk of suffering long-term health consequences.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in a recent report, said that it is looking at the kind of progress that has been made in helping reduce the number of brain injuries in car accidents, as it tries to help reduce the number of sports-related brain injuries. There has been a decline of as much as 40% in brain injuries in car accidents since 1980 alone, and the federal agency wants to integrate the measures that worked in helping reduce brain injuries in car accidents in its initiatives to help reduce sports-related brain trauma.

According to the agency’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, the number of brain injury-related fatalities involving persons aged between 15 and 19, has dropped by as much as 50% between 1999 and 2010. However, the number of persons in this age group being rushed to hospital emergency rooms with brain injuries caused while playing sports has actually increased significantly. To reduce those injury rates, the agency is working together with the National Football League, National Collegiate Athletic Association and other related organizations.

The Houston law firm focused on personal injury at Schechter, Shaffer & Harris, L.L.P., Accident & Injury Lawyers represent persons who have suffered brain injuries in car accidents and workplace accidents across Texas.

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