Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) affects over 2.5 million children and adults in the US, while almost one million more are affected by Acquired Brain Injury (ABI)
During the month of March, Americans need to be conscious of the safety precautions, research and treatment options for brain injuries (both TBI and ABI).
Sports play a major role in the cause of brain injuries as a result of concussions. Another cause is motor vehicle accidents, but sports remains a focus of prevention through education, protective gear and awareness for its physical and emotional effects.
Brain injuries also affect elderly Americans who may sustain injury as a result of a fall, stroke, seizures, or other type of accidental cause. The effect of brain injuries affects not just the person who is injured, but also their families, friends and even their employers.
When it comes to sports, concussions are a common cause for TBI. Contact sports like football have an increased chance of injury as a result of violent blows to the head. Whiplash injuries as a result of a tackle or falling after reaching for a pass are likely to cause concussions as well.
If you would like to learn more about brain injuries, please visit these sources:
- Brain Injury Association of America
- US DoD Special Report on Brain Injuries
- Mayo Clinic’s Traumatic Brain Injury Portal
Awareness starts with the gathering of facts to build knowledge that leads to prevention and understanding of TBI and ABI.