Cheerleading is one of the most dangerous sports in New Jersey and across the United States. According to the Washington Post, the activity causes more than half of all "catastrophic injuries to female athletes," including brain injuries, spine injuries, skull fractures, paralysis and death.
A New Jersey resident could sustain a traumatic brain injury after experiencing a sudden blow to the head during a car accident, a fall or a violent assault. A TBI can also be caused by an open head injury from a bullet or flying object that penetrates a person's brain.
New Jersey patients may be interested in research that investigates the effects of head trauma caused by injuries during contact sports such as football. While previous research focused on concussions, Stanford University researchers examined injuries caused by smaller hits along the inside of the skull. The study determined that even small brain injuries can have large cumulative effects over time.