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Concussions are unfortunately a regular occurrence when it comes to injuries – whether it be from a slip and fall, a car accident, or perhaps the reason we treat our patients most often for concessions – sports.  

With that in mind, we’re doing a quick round-up of the concussions making headlines in the sports world most recently, starting with basketball. 

Concussions in Basketball

Earlier this year in January, Atlanta Hawks NBA player Trae Young recently suffered a concussion after apparently taking an elbow to the face according to reports.  He was out for several weeks but made a return earlier than some fans expected.  Unfortunately, he was injured again, but luckily, not with another TBI. This time, he tore a ligament in his finger and had to undergo surgery and physical therapy to support the healing process. 

Concussion in Football

Also in January of this year, Buffalo Bill defensive player Taron Johnson suffered a concussion.  After the game where the incident occurred the head coach shared an update, according to NBC Sports.

Johnson is in the league’s concussion protocol and he will have to clear it in order to be on the field against the Chiefs next weekend. Johnson had two tackles and a forced fumble against Pittsburgh. He had 98 tackles, a sack, three forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery during the regular season.

Concussions in WWE

Even WWE superstars get concussions. According to Ringside News, the incident happened in January, during an episode of Friday Night SmackDown.  “A match between Carmelo Hayes and Austin Theory took a shocking turn when a botched fall took place off the top rope. While Hayes didn’t get hurt, it appears Theory ended up suffering a concussion.”

He was put on concussion protocol – just like Johnson and Young, and underwent a series of tests and monitoring before being cleared for return. 

The Statistics on Concussions

Concussions occur more often than you might think.  According to the Centers for Disease Control:

There were approximately 214,110 TBI-related hospitalizations in 2020* and 69,473 TBI-related deaths in 2021. This represents more than 586 TBI-related hospitalizations and 190 TBI-related deaths per day.  These estimates do not include the many TBIs that are only treated in the emergency department, primary care, urgent care, or those that go untreated.

People age 75 years and older had the highest numbers and rates of TBI-related hospitalizations* and deaths. This age group accounts for about 32% of TBI-related hospitalizations and 28% of TBI-related deaths.

Males were nearly two times more likely to be hospitalized (79.9 age-adjusted rate versus 43.7) and three times more likely to die from a TBI than females (28.3 versus 8.4).

Healing from a Concussion with Physical Therapy

You don’t have to be a professional athlete to suffer from a concussion. Do you think you or a loved one experienced a concussion, in a car accident, a slip and fall accident, or possibly in a sports injury?  Your team at Physical Therapy NOW in Irving, TX can help. Call us at  (214) 225-0291 for more information.


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