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Treating a traumatic brain injury with video games is possible

Many Illinois parents are concerned with the amount of time their children spend playing video games. They might find it shocking to know that a new study indicates that video games can help people who have suffered a traumatic brain injury. Preliminary results indicate that participants enjoyed noticeable improvements in cognitive functions after playing when compared to the control group.

The participants, all men between the ages of 18 and 65, played computer games characterized as "first-person shooter games" for approximately eight weeks. They were also given a program to provide them with tips and strategies for winning the games. The goal of the study was to determine if video games increased the ability of an individual with a TBI to concentrate.

Researchers already knew that video games, particularly the action ones, can increase attention span, problem-solving skills and decision-making abilities. In addition, playing could increase brain connections. Therefore, it was not an unreasonable leap to suggest they could help individuals with TBI. In fact, the game-playing participants did see improvements when compared to the control group.

A brain injury does not have to be caused by a blow to the head to affect numerous aspects of an individual's life. If the injury occurred due to the negligence of medical professional, the victim could file a medical malpractice claim seeking damages that could help with the medical costs -- including therapy options -- and other damages. If an Illinois court rules that negligence occurred, those damages could be awarded to the victim.

Source: medicaldaily.com, "Video Games As Treatment For Traumatic Brain Injuries: Gaming Improves Attention, Problem Solving", Lecia Bushak, Feb. 25, 2016

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