When examining the statistics for TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) in sport, most are surprised at where the majority of costs lie. We know that head injury has the possibility to end participation in sport and it is now believed to have long term health implications like Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE).
The surprising statistic comes from a US Study that divided TBIs into three categories (Mild, Moderate, Severe) for participants under 19 years of age. The data shows that Severe injury is more costly to the patient in the short term. Mild TBIs, despite being eleven times less costly to treat, accounted to for 81% ($1.29 Billion) in healthcare costs after one year.
An analysis of the 1997 – 2000 Medical Expenditure Survey estimated that total annual expenditures for nonhospitalized children with TBIs averaged $77.9 million in the US, with per capita costs estimated at $1,044.
The debates continue on prevention, diagnosis and treatment of head injury. At HeadNorth, we are focused on prevention. We continue on the path to engineering a cushioning system that will provide better protection at all levels of impact and will mitigate risk to participants in all sport at all levels.
Stay tuned for our first round of testing data coming in 2017.