Psychiatrist Speaks on Sports-Related Brain Injuries
The spotlight on sports-related brain injuries got a little brighter at the University of Florida.
Doctor David Baron-- a psychiatrist at the University of Southern California Medicine School is researching Traumatic Brain Injury in athletes and says they need to understand the symptoms. The majority of TBI's are concussions.
He says 50 percent of all athletes who play sports like football, boxing, and hockey fail to report the symptoms of a concussion. Baron says part of the reason is because a third of players don't know the symptoms, and most athletes don't want to look "weak" seeking help. He's says people need to know the dangers of playing these sports in order to make them safer.
"It's not just something that goes away, or you show how tough you are by coming right back into the game or the match. That people understand that the brain is an incredibly complex, marvelous organ that we don't know as much about it as we'd like to. We do know bruising the brain is not the same as bruising an ankle," David Baron (Psychiatrist) said.
Doctor Baron says symptoms include memory loss, irratibility, and headaches. He says concussions can lead to problems with speech, sleep, and eye movement, as well as depression, dementia, and paranoia.
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