Traumatic Brain Injuries

Lawmakers Consider Expanding Brain Injury Regulations for High School Athletes to Recreational Leagues

by | November 18th, 2013

November 18, 2013

Despite numerous regulations being put into place in recent years to protect Virginia’s high school athletes from the dangers of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), a large number of participants in the state’s sports programs are still suffering dangerous blows to the head. In fact, the Norfolk Brain Injury Lawyers with Lowell “The Hammer” Stanley point out that a single doctor at one hospital in the city states he sees roughly 20 new TBI cases per week.

According to a story from WAVY 10 News, these numbers have prompted state lawmakers to consider further regulating sports in the region to help reduce TBI numbers. Laws are in place that create standards of care and education regarding TBIs for athletes participating in high school sports, but no such policies are in place for recreational sports leagues. That is why a group of legislators want to reform laws to include these organizations in the steps being taken to protect athletes from injury.

These changes would force recreational sports athletes, coaches, and parents to take an educational course on how to recognize the symptoms of a TBI. Furthermore, any athlete suspected of having suffered such an injury would be pulled from participation immediately until they could be cleared to return to the field by a trained medical professional.

Lowell “The Hammer” Stanley and his team of Norfolk Personal Injury Lawyers are hopeful the decision that is reached in the matter will help to better protect children from the dangers of brain injuries.


Researchers Discover Progesterone May Help Heal Traumatic Brain Injuries

by | July 22nd, 2013

July 22, 2013

Data indicates that as many as two million people per year are the victims of a Traumatic Brain Injury. The long-lasting effects of such an injury can be devastating, but scientists believe they have discovered a new and effective way of treating such injuries.

According to an article by KSAT News, researchers have shown that a certain hormone found only in pregnant women may help those who have suffered a brain injury heal faster. Reports indicate the study examined the effects progesterone may have on the victim of a brain injury. The hormone was given to the victim within eight hours of the injury and was then administered for another five days following the incident.

The team concluded those who received progesterone showed more rebuilding of the blood-brain barrier, a decrease in brain swelling, and less cell death than those who were part of a control group.

The team plans to continue their research by examining the recovery of the victims over the next six months. They also hope to expand their research to include more participants.

The Norfolk Personal Injury Lawyers with Lowell “The Hammer” Stanley applaud the discovery and the technological advancements that may accompany it. The firm is hopeful the research will lead to better treatments for those who sustain serious brain traumas.