Researchers have become increasingly aware of the long-term effects of head injuries. However, few studies have looked at the impact of traumatic brain injuries (TBI) in all age groups and genders, taking into account both mild and serious injuries. In a recent study published in the journal Epidemiology, Mayo Clinic researchers found that the incidence of traumatic brain injury is likely greater than has been estimated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
"Even mild traumatic brain injuries can affect sensory-motor functions, thinking and awareness, and communication," says study author Allen Brown, M.D., director of brain rehabilitation research at Mayo Clinic. "In assessing frequency, we have likely been missing a lot of cases. This is the first population-based analysis to determine prevalence along the whole spectrum of these injuries."
Dr. Brown further explains in depth the research and process that Mayo Clinic used to gather this information in the video below.