Traumatic Brain Injuries and Concussions
The brain is one of the most complex parts of the body. The effects of concussions and blows to the head are a focus of many current scientific efforts, especially amongst athletes.
One of the things that makes a traumatic brain injury (sometimes referred to as a Mild Traumatic Brain Injury or Concussion) so complicated is that it can take time before it’s apparent that a brain injury occurred. Initially, emergency medical personnel may be focused on more obvious injuries. As a result, brain injuries can be easily overlooked. Even after a brain injury is identified, it can be difficult to know the extent of the injury; the saying is that “people with brain injuries look fine,” and this makes it tough to know what is really going on and the extent of the changes caused by the injury has resulted in.