For the parents, organizers and players of contact sports in Ohio, a series of studies on the long-term effects of mild concussion may raise doubts about previous thinking on the topic. When the symptoms of a traumatic brain injury disappear, many people with TBIs think that their brains have healed. Investigation of brain function following the end of symptoms has shown that this is not the case. In a separate peer-reviewed study appearing in the journal Pediatrics, researchers found that keeping young players off the football field longer following brain injury could have prevented some deaths.
People in Ohio might be alarmed to hear that longer stays in ICU units could lead to brain damage. Research conducted by Vanderbilt University suggested that the longer patients were kept in drug-induced comas in ICU units, the more likely they were to experience mental damage that was similar to that of traumatic brain injury and Alzheimer's disease.