Brain Injury Awareness Month

Brain injuries may happen when we least expect them. March is Brain Injury Awareness Month and the theme this year is - Brain Injury: Anytime, Anywhere, Anyone - Brain injuries do not discriminate.

Statistics from the Center for Disease Control and Injury Prevention (CDC) estimate that 1.7 million people in the United States suffer a traumatic brain injury (TBI) each year. An astounding 3.1 million people live with many life-long disabling affects TBI can cause. Some of these disabling symptoms include physical, cognitive and behavioral changes. The Brain Association of America believes that early, equal, and adequate access to health care will help patients with these issues to have a better quality of life.

What exactly is a traumatic brain injury? It's a hit, strike or blow to the head, and/or penetrating injury that stops the normal function of brain activity. Below are some interesting numbers from the CDC:

  • 35% of TBI's occur from a fall.
  • 17.3% of TBI's occur from motor vehicle/traffic accidents.
  • 16.5% of TBI's happen when the head is struck by/against something.
  • 10% of TBI's are from assaults.
  • 30.5% of TBI's play a role in injury-related deaths in the United States.
  • 75% of TBI's that occur are concussions or other forms of mild traumatic brain injury.

The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) is leading the way to "honor the millions of people with brain injury, who with proper acute care, therapeutic rehabilitation and adequate long-term supports, are living with the successes and challenges that each day brings,” said Susan H. Connors, president/CEO of the Brain Injury Association of America. “Our goals this year are to continue to sustain and bolster brain injury programs, increase access to care and preserve vital brain injury research.”

“Since anyone can sustain a brain injury at any time, it is important for everyone to have access to comprehensive rehabilitation and ongoing disease management," Dr. Brent Masel, National Medical Director of the Brain Injury Association of America said. If patients with TBI get proper medical care, they are less likely to experience medical problems, permanent disability, job loss, homelessness, suicide and even involvement with the criminal or juvenile justice system. If you have suffered a traumatic brain injury or are looking for more information on Brain Injury Awareness Month, and want to spread the word about it, the BIAA has all the information you need at Brain Injury Awareness Month.

Sources: 1. Brain Injury Association of America. Fact Sheet. Fly/Poster. 2. Brain Injury Association of America. Fact Sheet. Promotion Guide for Advocates. 3. Center for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. TBI By External Cause: Comparing The Numbers.

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