Fall Kickoff — National Traumatic Brain Injury Month

How Telehealth can help with Traumatic Brain Injuries

Carie Presents: Fall Kickoff—National Traumatic Brain Injury Month

The air is crisp, the leaves are slowly changing from green to an array of fiery red,
orange and yellow hues, and the smell of pumpkin everything is wafting beneath our
noses. Yes, I know what you’re thinking, the fall season is upon us, but I was thinking
more along the lines of football season. From college football to the NFL, this all-
American sport brings friends and family together—and tears them apart—like no other.
Players have spent all year training for the 2018 season kickoff… and it’s finally upon

There is one thing I forgot to mention, though. Amidst all the fun and festivities that this
new season will bring, it’s also National Traumatic Brain Injury Month, and although I’m
just as excited as the next fan, I’m also a staunch believer in the power of telemedicine.
To Carie, telemedicine is not just about supplying a video platform for our patients to
consult their physicians for treatment of severe conditions after they’ve already set in.
Carie’s purpose in the world of telemedicine has always been about providing our
community with a wealth of integrated information and knowledge from the top doctors
and researchers in the field of healthcare to facilitate better outcomes for at-risk
populations. On today’s edition of telemedicine blogging, the population of interest is our
beloved football players.

Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), can be caused by any number of injuries of blunt force
to the head: car accidents, falls, or any type of physical accident. However, football
remains one of the top—if not the top—culprit of these devastating brain injuries in the
United States. Football players suffer a whopping 4 million sport-related concussions
each year. Even a “minor” concussion is anything but minor—football players suffering
repeated injuries to the brain have been studied through and through, and the results
speak for themselves. Large majorities of retired athletes of the NFL have developed
abnormal cognitive functioning, loss of white matter in the brain, and chronic traumatic
encephalopathy (CTE)—the devastating brain disease first discovered post-mortem, in
NFL Hall-of-Famer, Mike Webster.

I’m not telling you any of this to deter you from America’s modern-day pastime.
However, I stand by Carie, which means I care. It is of utmost importance, now more
than ever, to take precautions when suiting up daily for practice and game day. You are
risking more than just losing a game by stepping out on that field. With the publishing of
new studies every day, the research could not be more cutting-edge.

One of the greatest facets of telemedicine is the fact that pertinent information is never
more than a few clicks away. You do not need to go to your primary care provider to
receive the highest caliber information and medical advice to prevent and spread
awareness about traumatic brain injuries. If you are unsure whether you have sustained
brain injuries due to a concussion or other trauma to the head, our platform will connect
you with a board-certified physician to discuss symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment. If
you have sustained injury to the head or brain, your Carie physician may recommend an
examination in person. While Carie’s physician platform is capable of treating and
advising you throughout treatment and recovery of TBIs, our ultimate goal is
prevention. Carie’s telemedicine blog is one of the surest ways to accomplish this goal.

It is imperative that we not neglect or undermine the long-lasting implications of “minor”
head injuries. If the sport that we so love continues to cause extensive brain damage
and permanent physical, mental, and emotional disabilities to its players, what can we

To sum it up, precaution is key. Play smart and play safe. Keep the head out of contact,
and always play with a helmet. Ultimately, to prevent the atrocities associated with
traumatic brain injuries in football, spread the word.

During this football season, share what you learn from Carie with the ones you love, and
together we can see the power of telemedicine truly changing the game. One click at a

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Kaelynn Midgley

Kaelynn Midgley