March 16 Has Been Made Brain Injury Awareness Day
On March 16, 2011, Congress introduced legislation designed to protect young athletes from traumatic brain injuries.
What many people are unaware of is that almost every school, university, or community sports teams use a reconditioning process or re-use the same helmets over and over again for years. During the reconditioning process, the helmets are inspected for damage or wear such as cracks, dents, chipped paint and padding wear. If any signs of wear or damage are detected, the helmets are sent to a reconditioning plant for repairs. The helmets that pass inspection are then sent back to the schools or sports teams for use during the next season. However, many times, different replacement parts are used that lead to an unsafe helmet.
The new bill called, The Children's Sports Athletic Equipment Safety Act, is to make sure that not only reconditioned sports helmets would meet higher safety standards, but also new helmets.
Any injury to the brain can cause catastrophic injuries and life altering damages. In order to protect our brains, we wear helmets while engaging in any sport that could potentially injure our brains. When we wear a helmet, we are under the impression that they are supposed to keep our brains safe and protected from a head injury. Unfortunately, faulty designs, defective parts, inadequate materials, and reused helmets can cause significant brain or spinal cord damage. When a helmet fails to provide adequate protection, it can lead to traumatic brain injuries (TBI), brain hemorrhages, skull fractures, severe concussions, spinal cord injuries, paralysis, paraplegia, quadriplegia and even death.
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