According to a new study published in the journal Spine, the rate of spinal injury among recently discharged vets is much higher than in previous wars. The study, which looked specifically at Department of Defense data from 2005 to 2009, found that one in nine troops who were injured in battle in Iraq and Afghanistan suffered a spinal injury. Overall, 7,900 of the troops wounded in those countries suffered spinal injuries.
Our readers have likely all heard by now of the Navy Yard shooting last week, in which former Navy reservist Aaron Alexis shot and killed twelve people and injured three others before being shot and killed by police. The shooting was the second deadliest mass murder on a U.S. military base after the 2009 shooting at Fort Hood.
Our readers have likely heard about the news on brain injuries in the NFL. Late last month, the NFL agreed to settle litigation involving 4,500 former athletes over allegations that the league hadn’t done enough to protect players from the long-term consequences of concussions. Research has increasingly shown over the years that there are serious consequences to repeated head injuries.
Golf fans know that Tiger Woods has been experiencing back problems recently, most notably at The Barclays competition. During the competition, Woods went to his knees after swinging his second shot on the par-5 13th hole. Now, there is some question as to whether his back problems could do his career in.