March is National Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Month. It’s to educate about common form of head injuries called “mild traumatic brain injuries” or concussions. Concussions don’t happen just from sports, and they don’t just happen to young adults. Concussions frequently happen to the aging population from falls, and often unreported. They are common after car accidents or any other trauma to the skull. It is also important to realize injury doesn’t necessarily correlate with how hard the blow to the head was and in 90% of cases, does not result in a loss of consciousness.
Facts and Stats on Traumatic Brain Injury:
- 26,212 non-fatal bicyling related brain injuries occur annually. Brain injuries from e-scooters are increasing monthly.
- 2.8 million traumatic brain injuries occurred in 2013, the most recent data from the CDC.
- 19.5% of high school athletes have had a concussion.
- 5.5% of high school atheletes have had more than one concussion.
- $400,000 is the lifetime cost of a severe brain injury.
- 153 deaths occur each day from injuries that include a brain injury.
- 53,000 deaths from brain injury occur each year.
- 47% of ER visits were for brain injuries from 2007 to 2013.
- 3.2 to 5.3 million Americans are living with a TBI-related disability.
- 70% of all sports and recreation-related brain injuries were reported in people ages 19 and younger.
- 99% of NFL players in a brain donation proram were diagnosed with brain damage after death.
To learn more, visit https://www.cdc.gov/injury/features/brain-safety/index.html