Protect Your Noggin: National Brain Injury Awareness Month (VIDEO)

[ 0 ] March 11, 2014 |

March is National Brain Injury Awareness Month; former NFL star Kevin Turner on work his foundation is doing to bring awareness to brain injuries and ALS

Did you know that 1.7 million people sustain some sort of traumatic brain injury (TBI) each year –  475,000 of whom are children. While 52,000 of those injured will die, another 3.1 million people live with a lifelong disability because of that TBI, according to the Brain Injury Association. 

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That’s why March is dedicated to being National Brain Injury Awareness Month – a time to educate everyone, letting them know a brain injury can happen to anyone, at any time. While males have the highest rate of TBI, a recent study also shows that National Football League (NFL) players may be at higher risk of death from diseases that damage brain cells – and that a player’s risk of death from Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) or Alzheimer’s was almost four times higher than the general population.

Former NFL player Kevin Turner is leading a foundation to research the connection between brain injury and ALS. A star fullback for the Albama Crimson Tide who went on to play eight seasons in the NFL, Turner was diagnosed with ALS in 2010 and  began The Kevin Turner Foundation. “We are headed in the right direction,” Turner says about finding a cure for the disease.

Watch Kevin Turner talk to genConnect about the work of The Kevin Turner Foundation, below:  

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Watch Turner talk about focusing on the positive when you come across obstacles and hardships that get in the way of your dreams, below: 

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“Sometimes you have to look really hard but trying to find the positive – how can you make this a positive event?” Turner says. “We can focus on that rather than the bad and what you’re going through … it gives you a little clarity and focus and gives you something to shoot for.”

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About Kevin Turner: Kevin Turner is founder of the Kevin Turner Foundation. He played eight seasons in the NFL as a fullback in the 1990s for the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles. Due to the countless collisions [...]
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