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Texas Football Player Suffers Brain Injury in Post-Game Accident

According to USA Today, a junior football player, Jonathan Lopez, from Burleson High School, in Texas, is recovering from an injury he incurred after a game Friday night.

Details Of The Head Injury

The injury that Lopez is recovering from is a serious head injury that caused him to experience fractures on his skull, and bleeding and swelling of the brain. Lopez has been released from the hospital, but his recovery is only beginning.

The traumatic brain injury occurred after his team scored a 45-3 victory. Lopez himself performed well during the game as his first two tackles of the football season were recorded.

After the game, Lopez accompanied some teammates to eat at a local Buffalo Wild Wings. As Lopez and his teammates were leaving the restaurant, he fell off of the tailgate of the pick-up truck, which is where he incurred the serious head injury.

To help Lopez’s family with their medical expenses, a GoFundMe page has been set up.

Potential Effects of Traumatic Brain Injury

According to Mayo Clinic, traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can result in a number of serious complications:

  • Altered consciousness (i.e. coma, minimally conscious state)
  • Seizures
  • Infections
  • Blood vessel damage
  • Nerve Damage
  • Loss of vision
  • Memory loss
  • Reasoning and judgment problems
  • Hampered executive functions such as problem solving and organization
  • Social problems
  • Behavioral changes
  • Degenerative brain diseases (i.e. Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease)

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