Although summer is winding down in the next few weeks, there is still plenty of time, particularly in a warmer climate like that of Louisiana, to enjoy the area's pools and water parks. Water parks in particular offer an opportunity for people to have a lot of fun, as the slides, wave pools and other rides can be a real thrill for people of all ages.
It may come as little surprise to Louisianans living in and around Houma, but the electric scooter craze that is sweeping cities both in Louisiana and around the country has its drawbacks. One of those drawbacks is that people riding them, particularly for the first time, tend to get injured.
Unlike other parts of the human body, the brain never truly heals from an injury. This does not mean that a patient can never recover from any type of brain injury. For all but the most severe brain injuries, a patient will regain some level of consciousness and may approach a point of stability. If the patient is lucky, he may even be able to resume normal life.
This blog has previously discussed brain injuries that result from a car accident or for some other blow or force to the head. These types of injuries, called traumatic brain injuries, can leave a Louisiana resident permanently disabled. Even so-called milder traumatic brain injuries can seriously disrupt a person's life.
A previous post on this blog from last year's Brain Injury Awareness Month talked about common causes of traumatic brain injuries. As that post discussed, traumatic brain injuries are a subset of acquired brain injuries or ABIs.
Doctors classify traumatic brain injuries as mild, moderate and severe, depending on the extent and scope of the person's injury.
Although some dispute that it is a particular problem, there are many students and others on the campus at Louisiana State University who feel that the area is simply not safe for pedestrians and bicyclists. Over the past 5 years, over 40 pedestrians have been hit by cars in just about as many accidents. Most of these victims, about two-thirds, were students.
Playing youth sports, such as football, soccer or hockey, can foster teamwork, perseverance and good sportsmanship in kids. Unfortunately, these sports are not without their risks and some physicians report seeing a significant number of traumatic brain injuries in children who play such sports. In fact, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued new guidelines on how traumatic brain injuries in children are tested and treated in Louisiana and across the nation.
Many people in Louisiana may know that military service members can suffer traumatic brain injuries while in combat. However, what some may not realize is that service members could suffer brain injuries in training as well. And, unfortunately, the Department of Veterans Affairs may not always cover a traumatic brain injury that was not incurred in a combat situation.
Football is a favorite sport of many people in Louisiana and across the nation. In addition to rooting on their favorite teams, many people play football recreationally, often starting off as a child in "pee-wee" football. However, as issues regarding long-term brain injuries suffered by football players arise, parents may wonder if it is safe to let their child play football.