March is Brain Injury Awareness Month in the United States. Brain trauma is a serious health problem in this country, with more than 3.5 million people suffering a brain injury each year, and about 5.3 million Americans living with the disabling effects of an injury.
Though experts have studied brain injuries for centuries, there is so much about the effects of brain trauma we do not know -- especially long-term.
The NFL has reached a $765 million settlement over concussion-related brain injuries among its 18,000 retired players, agreeing to compensate victims and pay for medical monitoring. Although the NFL has admitted no liability, the settlement is a tacit admission that the league handled concussed players improperly for many years, leading to permanent injuries and deaths.
On Memorial Day, tragedy struck as a 23 year old man drowned in Bigelow Hollow State Park in Union, CT, which borders Mashapaug Lake. The man was swimming with friends and family, and several people saw him go under water, but could not locate him. Divers were able to find him, but he was pronounced dead later that day.