As you most likely know, certain months of the year are dedicated to promoting awareness of health conditions. Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October) is one of the most well-known awareness months thanks to the National Football League. It’s pretty noticeable when you see a 300+ pound defensive lineman sack a quarterback while wearing bright pink gloves and cleats. Speaking of rough sports, January brings another awareness month, one less known in popular culture. January is National Winter Sports Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Awareness Month.
Though you may have never heard of National Winter Sports TBI Month, I bet you’ve heard of the X Games. If you haven’t, I will summarize. The X Games is a sports event hosted by ESPN which focuses on extreme “X” sports. The 2017 Winter X Games take place in just a few weeks in Colorado.
The popularity of the X Games continues to grow each year as do the number of people participating in action sports. Unfortunately, along with participating in these sports, concussions and other TBIs can occur. National Winter Sports Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Month was started to bring awareness to the health risks that athletes face when they participate in winter sports such as ice hockey, skiing, snowboarding, sledding, ice skating, and snowmobiling.
What is a traumatic brain injury?
A traumatic brain injury occurs when an external mechanical force causes brain dysfunction. TBI usually results from a violent blow or jolt to the head or body. According to the