Brain Injury Awareness – It’s a No-Brainer!

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month, and this year’s campaign theme is #MoreThanMyBrainInjury. At least 5.3 million Americans live with a traumatic brain injury-related disability, and this campaign allows those living with a brain injury to share their own story and overcome stigma.
There are two types of brain injuries: acquired brain injury (ABI) and traumatic brain injury (TBI). An ABI is an injury to the brain that is not hereditary, congenital, degenerative, or induced by birth trauma. TBI is a type of acquired brain injury caused by trauma from an outside force to the brain. More than 3.6 million people have an ABI each year, and at least 2.8 million people have a TBI each year.


Acquired brain injuries can be caused by electrical shock, infectious disease, lightning strike, oxygen deprivation, toxic exposure, vehicle accidents, seizure disorder, trauma, substance use disorder/overdose, or stroke. Many things can cause TBIs, but falls (47.9%) are the number one cause. The other leading causes of TBI are being struck by/against (17.1%), unknown/other (13.2%), motor vehicle (13.2%), and assaults (8.3%).


Be sure you participate in safe practices to prevent brain injuries, such as wearing a helmet while riding your bike, wearing your seatbelt while in a motor vehicle, and paying attention when walking on slick surfaces.


It is important to get medical help if you think that you have a head injury to make sure you receive medical treatment if it is needed. The brain injury can cause both immediate and long-term effects. Early diagnosis and treatment allow those who experience these injuries to rehabilitate.


If you would like to learn more about Brain Injury Awareness Month and this year’s campaign, visit https://www.biausa.org/public-affairs/public-awareness/brain-injury-awareness. If you want to learn more about brain injuries, find support or resources; see https://www.biausa.org/brain-injury.

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