Krost Symposium 2015 to focus on brain injury understanding & awareness

March 9, 2015

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Every 15 seconds, someone in the U.S. experiences a traumatic brain injury (TBI). That is two million people every year. The American Association of Neurological Surgeons classifies a TBI as a blow or jolt to the head, or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the normal function of the brain. Although injuries range in severity, most individuals experience lifelong effects stemming from the trauma. At the center of this issue are sports-related injuries and injuries sustained by soldiers during combat.

Texas Lutheran University’s 2015 Krost Symposium "Grey Matters: Discerning the Impacts of Head Injury," will look to raise awareness and understanding of brain injury. As the university’s premier annual academic event, Krost Symposium guest speakers will discuss prevention and education regarding sports-related head trauma, cognitive rehabilitation, and the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

“Recently, many advancements have been made in the ways that the medical community thinks about the effects subconcussive and concussive forces to the head have on short term and long term health, as well as in the different approaches that can be used to prevent, treat, and rehabilitate these injuries both acutely and over the life span,” TLU Assistant Professor of Athletic Training Tim Kent said. “Two specific populations where brain injury and recovery is currently of both critical importance and interest are athletics, specifically football, and our armed forces. Given the importance of football and the military to the social climate in central Texas and TLU, a further discussion of these advancements and their impacts is warranted. This year’s Krost Symposium will review strategies in preventing, treating, and rehabilitating brain injury, and critically examine the affects that brain injury and these interventions have specifically in the athletics and armed forces communities both now and as society moves into the future."

While the effects of TBIs on soldiers and veterans has become a focus for the U.S. Department of Defense, faculty in TLU’s athletic training program take personal interest in the prevention of sports-related head trauma among athletes of all ages.

“We are at a crucial point in how we care for and, more importantly, prevent sport concussion and traumatic brain injury,” Assistant Athletic Training Professor and Department Director Brian Coloumbe said. “With the knowledge available to the health care community, significant changes must be made in the type of activities we allow our children, youth and adolescent athletes to participate in. Education about traumatic brain injury is crucial to make a change in the culture needed to protect future generations of athletes.”

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