The brain is a complex and delicate organ. Damaging it can not only affect motor skills and coordination, but it can radically alter an affected individual’s personality. Most often, individuals in Philadelphia hear of victims of direct trauma caused by car accidents, military combat or sports injuries.
During the 2011 football season, football players in the NFL suffered a reported 266 concussions, the year previous a reported 270 were suffered. Consequently, the NFL has faced much litigation recently surrounding lasting damage from players that suffered repeated concussions.
In making an effort to show that the league is seeking to better understand brain injuries, the NFL recently announced a donation of $30 million to the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health with the primary allocation going to researching brain injuries.
Sports injuries, more specifically football injuries, proved a known presence in the media over the last several months. As high school, college and professional athletes alike deal with the lasting impacts of concussions and their trauma on the brain. This research could serve to change the lives of thousands.
However, it’s not just athletes that will benefit from this research. The average Philadelphia resident that suffers brain damage from a car accident or other blunt force trauma, and military members will benefit greatly as well. According to a statement issued by the NFL Commissioner, “If we can learn more about the brain, we can not only make football safer, but make things safer for other sports and other walks of life.”
Source: The Washington Post, “NFL donating $30 million to NIH for brain injury research,” Mark Maske, Sept. 5, 2012