WHY IS THE BIOBANK NEEDED?
We thank the Hon. John Howard OM AC, Peter FitzSimons AM,
Alan Jones AO, Nick Farr-Jones AM, Minister Victor Dominello MP, James and Eshia McManus,
Michael Lipman, Professor Mike Jones for their contribution
Falls lead to nearly half of TBI hospitalisation. People over 75 are at highest risk of hospitalisation and death from TBI.
Traumatic Brain Injury or TBI may be called mild, moderate or severe by health professionals, but even mild TBI can lead to long-lasting or devastating effects for an individual.
DOES HAVING A CONCUSSION MEAN YOU HAVE BEEN KNOCKED-OUT OR LOST CONSCIOUSNESS?
Concussion is the development of symptoms after a direct or indirect head distortion from direct blows, to shaking, and in most cases does not lead to loss of consciousness or a 'KO'. Many people who experience a concussion do not realise that they have had a concussion.
CONCUSSION IS NOT REALLY A PROBLEM, RIGHT?
Many people will recover fully from concussion. Some people develop delayed or persisting symptoms, and in some cases this can relate to long term neurological problems. It is wise to discuss with your doctor about your total burden of repetitive head impacts.
IS MY CHILD SAFE TO PLAY SPORT?
Life is full of risk. Any potential environment where head injury can be sustained is of concern, but this must be balanced by the benefits of sport such as vascular health, socialisation, and mental wellbeing. It is sensible to discuss with your child's doctor if concerned.
HOW DO WE KNOW CTE EXISTS?
Similar to other types of dementia, CTE is a neuropathological diagnosis that can only be confirmed after life, but there is strong scientific evidence CTE relates to mood, cognitive and behavioural symptoms in life and is due to repetitive mild traumatic brain injury. Doctors can provide an opinion that a person has possible, or probable, CTE. Scientists around the World are working hard to understand more about CTE and who is most at risk.