April 17th, 2015
Editor’s Note: This weekend the Neuroscience Therapeutic Area at Janssen Research & Development, LLC, a Johnson & Johnson company, is hosting the 32nd Annual Johnson & Johnson International Hockey Tournament, an event that supports education, awareness and research efforts into traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries.
When we hear the word “concussion,” hockey clashes and car crashes often spring to mind. Rightly so, but concussions and traumatic brain injuries can occur in a variety of other circumstances: when a child gets hurt in a ballgame, an elderly person falls, or an explosion injures a soldier.
Concussions and traumatic brain injuries occur when a blow, violent jolt or penetration to the head disrupts brain function. According to the CDC’s Report to Congress on Traumatic Brain Injury Epidemiology and Rehabilitation, in one year in the U.S., traumatic brain injuries resulted in 50,000 deaths and 2.2 million emergency room visits. According to American Academy of Neurology, more than one million men and women athletes in the U.S. experience a concussion annually.
But the statistics tell only a fraction of the story. The neurological effects of head injuries have the potential to set in motion behavioral, emotional and physical disabilities.