WHAT IS A TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY?
MYTHS VS. FACTS
Concussions have reached epidemic proportions. Estimates are that up to 3.8 million athletes a year suffer from concussion, though the majority are underreported and underdiagnosed. While many of these patients do recover quickly, there are dangers around the many myths and misconceptions people currently hold about concussions. Our ever expanding outreach is working to demystify and educate athletes, coaches, trainers, and families about the reality of concussions. One of the greatest, and least known, results of concussion is the impact on a person’s ability to pay attention, leaving them more prone to additional injury.
Incorporating evidence found in our ongoing clinical research, we collaborate with medical experts and organizations around the world to develop, update, and refine best practice guidelines for TBI. Results show that the implementation of TBI guidelines produces improved efficiency and outcomes for professionals and patients, beginning with the pre-hospital management phase and extending throughout long-term application of care.
We constantly seek to improve the diagnosis and treatment of TBI. To do this, we lead the way in cutting-edge clinical research spanning the spectrum from concussion to coma. We partner with some of the most prestigious organizations, such as the United States Department of Defense, Stanford University, Oregon Health and Sciences University, and Portland State University, on research. This work ranges from looking at the use of quantitative measurements via virtual reality eye tracking to better assess concussions, to being part of a multi-institutional research consortium that seeks to provide a stronger evidence base for brain injury research.