Many Virginians have been following the growing body of evidence that shows the severity of head trauma sustained by certain high-risk populations, including high school athletes, professional athletes, law enforcement officers and military personnel in war zones. Within the United States, the risks of suffering a traumatic brain injury increase with a person's involvement in a contact sport. Regardless of how it is sustained, however, a TBI can lead to various lifelong medical complications.
Brain injuries in adult patients often can be difficult to identify, diagnose and treat. Cases of brain injury involving children can be even harder to determine. Whether in Virginia or elsewhere in the country, such injuries can permanently disable or even kill a patient. Knowing what to look for in a child can help determine whether treatment for a traumatic brain injury is needed.