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New Study Finds That Increasing Padding in Military Helmets Can Reduce Risk of Brain Injury, But What About Those Who Have Sustained a Traumatic Brain Injury

USA today citing a study to be released today from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California, reports that the Army could reduce the risk of brain injury to soldiers simply by having them wear a size larger helmet containing slightly thicker padding. 

The study found that increasing helmet padding an eighth of an inch more could decrease the force of an impact to the skull by 24%.  The study authors suggest that this change would provide better protection against brain injuries caused by shrapnel and blasts.

While prevention of brain injury should always be the goal, the military still must change its policies towards long term brain injury rehabilitation and allow those who do sustain a traumatic brain injury to get the care that they deserve.  Nothing less is acceptable and Congress must insist that the Department of Defense change its health care plan, known as Tricare and authorize cognitive brain injury rehabilitation.

For more information on the USA today story, click here.

For how the military is failing to provide proper traumatic brain injurycognitive rehabilitation, see a report this weekend from CBS News.



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