We hear a lot about concussion in mainstream media, whether it’s a hit movie, Sunday football or even your child’s school newsletter. It hasn’t always been that way. Why do we hear so much about concussions now? Much of our new awareness stems from progress in brain injury research by military medicine.
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) research in the military has come a long way, even before the recent conflicts, said Dr. Louis French, deputy director of operations at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence. French, a clinical psychologist, outlined military TBI history in a webinar hosted by the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury. Historically, medical advances often occur in times of war or conflict, when the military finds cutting-edge ways to save lives.