US military looks to stop injury

March 29, 2013

Topic: injury prevention

U.S. military looks to stop injury

Injury prevention is a renewed focus for the U.S. Army.

Understanding the danger of severe head injuries, West Point and the U.S. Army make an effort to prevent these injuries from occurring.

According to the U.S. Army, starting in June 2011, training began for all service members on how to deal with traumatic brain injuries.

These are common sports injuries. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention claims that there are 1.7 million TBIs yearly. West Point specifically looks to prevent these instances from happening.

The main causes of concussions at the military base are contact sports, such as football, boxing and rugby. In order to diminish these occurrences, West Point got rid of intramural rugby entirely and instituted flag, rather than intramural, football.

If a concussion does occur, company tactical officers, whom have been trained to recognize a concussion and respond appropriately, are available.   

On the whole, leaders in sports medicine aim to handle brain injuries properly. An updated American Academy of Neurology guideline to managing concussions in sports came out at the end of March. The document divides these injuries into different grades based on the nature of each situation and explains how to deal with each. 

Through taking these measures, military and sports organizations might curb the risks associated with brain injury. 

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