Brain Injuries 101

By Maureen Mespell
By Scott Sarvay

January 19, 2011 Updated Jan 19, 2011 at 6:12 PM EST

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - It's all fun and games until somebody gets hurt. It's true in the game of football and true in the game of life.

An estimated 10 million Americans have been affected by traumatic brain injury and that includes football players at all levels.

It's called the “silent epidemic” because often times people don't lose consciousness and are able to function all while suffering with brain damage.

Kristin Smith with the Brain Injury Association of Indiana says, “That can range from very mild like a concussion where someone can make a full recovery to something much more severe where they have long term cognitive and physical deficits, psycho-social deficits, and need continued services and support and care-giving."

After a concussion doctors say get lots of rest, avoid strenuous activities, avoid alcohol, and write things down to help jog your memory.

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