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BIAA Provides Print and Online Information about Concussion

31-Dec-2015

On December 25, 2015, Sony Pictures will release the movie “Concussion” starring Will Smith as Bennett Omalu, M.D., the pathologist who is credited with discovering the link between repeated concussions in professional football and a condition known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).

The movie has raised awareness about concussions, but there is still a lack of understanding about the symptoms, treatment, and challenges of dealing with a concussion. In a recent Harris poll, 87 percent of Americans surveyed did not know how to define what a concussion is, and 68 percent did not know that a person can sustain a concussion without receiving a blow to the head. Fewer than 50 percent of those polled knew all the signs and symptoms indicating that someone has sustained a concussion.

The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) is working to increase understanding of concussions with a new publication Brain Injury: Dispelling Myths and Misunderstandings about Concussion. The 16-page brochure talks about signs and symptoms of concussion, when to seek medical attention, how to aid and speed recovery, long-term effects, research, and prevention.

BIAA also provides information through its concussion information center (CIC) on the organization’s website atwww.biausa.org/concussion. In addition to helping site visitors understand what a concussion is and what symptoms to look for, the CIC also contains information on returning to work and to school after a concussion. Videos to help site visitors better understand the information being presented and downloadable fact sheets on concussions can be shared with family members, teachers, and employers.

For more information, visit the BIAA website at www.biausa.org.

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