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When you suffer a concussion, your brain literally shakes loose. It may seem cartoonish, but research suggests the damage of concussion goes beyond inflammation and neural insult.

Research recently published in the journal frontiers in neurology sheds light on a type of damage caused by traumatic brain injury (TBI) which is silent and mostly undetectable. As the most common form of TBI, between one to four million people suffer concussion in accidents or playing sports each year.

Concussion occurs when a blow or energetic force causes the brain to move back and forth within the skull. The brain is damaged when it hits the front and back of the skull, or when it twists within its cavity in response to a blow, or force. While a minor concussion may seem almost ordinary—it is not.

In addition to trauma, brain injury can be caused by a surgical error or medical mistake during treatment. Our firm works regularly with individuals and families working to cope with the consequences of brain injury and what that means for the future.

Any kind of brain injury can have lasting consequences. Researchers from the university of british columbia (UBC) sought a closer look at the damage caused by concussion.

In a unique study, UBC scientists studied 45 hockey players before and after their playing season. Using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), each athlete had a baseline scan. During the playing season, players that suffered concussion had additional scans three days, and two weeks, following the injury. All players had an after-season MRI scan as well.

While MRI testing is standard for TBI, researchers took the scans and used advanced digital analysis to evaluate them more carefully than a traditional MRI. The scientists already knew that animal studies had shown that TBI causes the protective sheath between brain cells to loosen when exposed to force.

The sheath, called myelin, is critical for the normal exchange of electrical and chemical signals throughout the brain and nervous system. Damage to myelin is a common feature of neurodegenerative diseases like parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis.

In this study, 11 athletes suffered concussions during the hockey season. The results of the before and after scans included:• myelin around damaged brain cells was loosened after injury and remained semi-detached even two weeks after the injury—after players had returned to play.

Notes alex weber, a postdoctoral researcher who developed the analytic tool used to evaluate the scans, “these results show that there is some damage happening below the surface at least two weeks after a concussion. Passing a concussion test may not be a reliable indicator of whether their brain has truly healed. We might need to build in more waiting time to prevent any long-term damage.”

For those who have suffered a life-altering TBI, this kind of research offers hope for detection, and potentially new ways to treat TBI down the road.

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