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Can running help traumatic brain injury?

A study is underway at the University of Kansas to see how intense running will affect someone who is diagnosed with a mild traumatic brain injury.

The study participants are injured soldiers stationed at Fort Riley who have suffered mild TBIs. The soldiers' injuries were caused by major explosions, such as those caused by improvised explosive devices.

The study will last two years, and according to its head, the soldiers will undergo intensive cardiorespiratory exercise. The goal will be to have the soldiers run more quickly and for more miles. The premise is that aerobic exercise, such as running, helps the brain heal.

The U.S. Department of Defense has put up $500,000 to support the study.

According to the Mayo Clinic, mild traumatic brain injuries usually need over-the-counter pain meds and rest as treatment. Most people should return to their normal activity gradually.

Traumatic brain injuries are caused by a number of things, including falls, motor vehicle accidents and some sports activities. This type of injury can have a significant effect on the victim's quality of life, especially if he or she has suffered a severe TBI. In addition, medical treatment for TBIs is expensive and is often needed for weeks, months or even longer, depending on the seriousness of the injury.

If another person was responsible for your or your loved one's TBI, he or she could be held liable for the medical costs, pain and suffering, lost wages and more. An attorney can provide more information on your legal options for seeking compensation.

Source: Army Times, "Fort Riley soldiers to help in study on how running might help in brain injury recovery," Associated Press, Jan. 28, 2017

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