The term ‘mild traumatic brain injury’ (mTBI) has gained traction recently, after it was revealed that it despite its name, is a serious injury.

Scientists have found that repeated minor blows to the head slowly builds up brain damage, gradually over years, even if there is no unconsciousness involved. The slow process means that it is not possible to see the difference immediately before and after each blow, but it is however possible to see the difference in young players before and after a football season.

Several researchers have described the neurodegeneration after mild traumatic brain injury, leading to Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, ALS and early death.

Results of a large Danish epidemiological study (100.000 patients) could indicate that the same gradual effect takes place as a consequence of whiplash injury. The study finds an increased risk of serious disorders after the whiplash injury. Like repeated minor concussions, however, it is not possible to see the difference immediately before and after each accident.

WHIPON believes in further scientific evaluations of “injuries buildup over time” and for new studies in repeated mild traumatic neck injuries!

WHIPCON will create a new study group with leading scientists writing a publication on the possible mechanisms involved in combined head and neck injuries. By supporting WHIPCON you support this work.