The Causes and Effects of Concussions and TBIs, with Dr. Steven Broglio and Timmy Duggan

Concussions and traumatic brain injuries are far too common in cycling. We define the causes, effects, management, and preventative measures.

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Unfortunately, concussions and traumatic brain injuries, or TBIs, are far too common in cycling. Whether training on open roads, racing at high speeds, or facing off with rush-hour traffic on your bike commute, cyclists often place themselves in vulnerable situations. Head injuries are becoming increasingly diagnosed among the two-wheeled crowd.

What’s more, there’s a good deal of misunderstanding about what exactly the terms concussion and TBI mean. Are they the same or very different? How should you manage each condition? What are the potential long-term repercussions of concussions, if any? We’ll tackle all of these questions, and many more, in this episode.

We turn to Dr. Steven Broglio, the director of the University of Michigan Concussion Center and the director of the NeuroTrauma Research Laboratory, for guidance on this complex subject.

Dr. Broglio has spent much of his adult life studying the causes of concussion, the effects of concussion on the brain, the short- and long-term concerns, the best course of management, and the use of helmets. His experience and knowledge on the matter make for a compelling discussion. (Furthermore, he’s also a former elite cyclist, so he is able to come at this discussion from that angle as well.)

Add to that the conversations we include with Timmy Duggan and Hannah Finchamp, two athletes who have each suffered head injuries.

Timmy’s story is well-known: While racing at the Tour of Georgia, he was involved in a horrific crash which led to a severe traumatic brain injury. He shares his experience, from the injury to the acute aftermath and rehabilitation, to the long-term and psychological impact the injury had on his life. You’ll hear from him throughout the episode.

And Hannah walks us through how being hit by a car led to her concussion, and how that impacted training and life.

All that and much more on this episode of Fast Talk.

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Finally, we want to let you know about an organization devoted to helping people heal and recover from traumatic brain injuries. It’s called Beacon of Hope TBI and it was founded by a Fast Talk listener who has suffered three cycling-related brain injuries.

For more information, visit Beacon of Hope TBI online or visit their Facebook page.

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