From detection to treatment to prevention, these 35+ startups signal what the future of concussion care could look like.
Concussions, or mild traumatic brain injury, disproportionately affect young children or older adults. Forty percent of traumatic brain injuries in the US are caused by falls, while 16% are due to being struck by other objects or people (which encompasses sports-related injuries), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Between 1.7M and 3M sports-related concussions happen every year in the US; roughly 300,000 of these are football-related, according to the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program. Much of the debate surrounding concussions revolves around professional football athletes because of increased media spotlight on the deaths of ex-NFL players who suffered brain trauma.
The NFL has continued to catch much flak for continuing to report well over 200 concussions per year, despite instituting new protocols and pledging $100M in concussion prevention initiatives. The turbulent history isn’t new — it’s been ongoing for nearly 2 decades.