DHA and sports-related mild traumatic brain injuries

 
 
 

When we speak about traumatic brain injury (TBI), we mean an injury caused by an external physical force (e.g., when a violent strike to the head causes the brain to bump against the inside of the skull or when an object penetrates the brain). The resulting damage can be confined to one area of the brain or involve more than one area, and depending on the extent of the damage, TBI can be mild, moderate or severe. Symptoms of a mild traumatic brain injury include: loss of consciousness (for a few seconds or minutes), headache, confusion, blurry vision, ringing in the ears, bad taste in the mouth, feeling of tiredness, a change in sleep patterns, behavioral or mood changes and memory , concentration, attention or thinking problems. Some of these symptoms may appear right away, while others may not be noticed for days or months after the injury.

Concussion (a type of mild TBI, caused by a blow or jolt to the head, or from a fall) is a common injury among athletes who practice such sports as rugby, soccer, hockey, basketball, lacrosse, squash, cycling, etc. It is estimated that, in the United States, up to 3.8 million individuals may be affected annually by sports-related concussions (in recent years the diagnosed concussions have displayed a big increase, particularly among those 18 years old and younger). Sports-related concussions are a major public health concern.

But, as will be see in the second part of this post, DHA could improve or possibly even prevent the complications associated with concussions.

 

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