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In my business, I unfortunately see a lot of devastating injuries.  Almost all of our clients have some sort of life-changing injury that takes years of recovery time and – even then – complete recovery is far from guaranteed.  Many of our clients have lasting side-effects from which they will never recover.

One of the most devastating injuries we see is a traumatic brain injury (TBI).  Very often there are mental, physical, emotional and social side-effects including memory loss, dizziness, blurred vision, mood changes, slurred speech, nausea, difficulty balancing, personality changes and others. There are different levels of injury, and the level of recovery varies by individual.  These injuries may be difficult to detect, but can manifest in many different ways.

A fascinating new documentary airing on HBO called “The Crash Reel” which is being called the “definitive film on brain injury” tells a story like I have seen first-hand too many times.  The film tells the story of the then rising pro snowboarding star Kevin Pearse, who was on his way to competing in the Winter Olympics – until a brain injury ended his career and nearly his life.

The film shows Kevin’s rise to elite status within pro snowboarding, the injury that nearly claimed his life, and the long (and still incomplete) road to recovery.  Kevin is an extraordinary individual and is doing amazing work to bring awareness to TBI.

Here’s just a peak at the documentary:

My takeaway from the film was that we need to protect our brains at all costs.  Concussions from football and soccer or from extreme sports such as skateboarding, bmx and snowboarding are very often preventable by using appropriate head protection.  There have been great strides made in helmet technology and awareness of the cumulative effect of concussions.  I would encourage everyone to watch this film and to #LoveYourBrain.

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© 2013 Brett A. Emison

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  1. Gravatar for Steven M. Sweat

    Great film. Hopefully it will raise awareness of the true impact that a traumatic brain injury has on a person's life! I'm glad to see that it is getting some publicity. Keep up the good work in raising awareness of personal injury issues with your blog posts!

  2. Gravatar for Regina

    Thank you for sharing this information on an important film. In your experience, have you come across the side effect of persistent and unrelenting cold hands and feet due to brain injury? My son James, a disabled combat veteran, has an anoxic brain injury for two years now and is inconsolable at times due to this issue. I'm reaching out anyone anywhere who may have a solution. We have tried dozens of topical agents, medications, and holistic remedies, even micro e-stim gloves and socks as well as acupuncture. PLEASE if you have any potential solutions, let me know.

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