Although there are endless ways where one can sustain a concussion or brain injury there are 5 things you should be aware of to avoid a head injury in 2018.
Concussions and Traumatic Brain Injuries are among the worst injuries known to man due to their fatality rates and the effects they have on people who survive them. Concussion and TBIs cause internal damage to the patient’s Brain which leads to various physical and physiological effects depending on the severity of the injury.
A concussion commonly results from a violent jolt or blow to the head resulting in an injury which may cause internal bleeding in the brain. When you or a person you care about suffers from a TBI or concussion it can be a very dark time. Some people do not realize that they have a brain injury until it’s too late.
While the possibilities are endless on how you can get your head injured, here are 5 common known ways in which most can suffer from a concussion.
- Vehicle Accidents – Depending on how serious it is, an accident can cause a lot of injuries to the passengers of the involved vehicles. Sometimes, even minor car accidents can cause a TBI especially when the airbags go off and hit you in the face. It is vital to seek medical attention after an accident.
- Falls – Falls in the bathroom, bed, ladder, down the stairs, among other falls are the most common causes of TBI particularly in young kids. A fall may not be taken seriously at first, but it doesn’t hurt to get checked just to be sure.
- Sports Injuries – some sports like football, boxing, or hockey allow constant blows to the head to the players. Even though the players usually wear protective clothing, it may not be enough especially when the player has been playing for many years. TBIs sustained from a sport may even go unnoticed for years.
- Combat Injuries – this is common among military personnel on active duty. The injuries may be sustained after explosive blasts, penetrating wounds, bullet wounds, or other war-related causes.
- Work related injuries – Whether it is moving equipment or loading a vehicle the concussion rate in Ontario doubled in a 10-year period. In 2013, 7.3% of all Traumatic Brain Injuries were work related.
Given the startling statistics and information in the field of traumatic brain injury and concussion it is ever more important to be mindful as recovery and return protocols are dependent on proper care. There are plenty of resources online that provide invaluable information such as Parachute Canada and Brain injury Canada to name a few.
If you suspect you have suffered a brain injury or concussion it is important to seek professional medical advice, so you can make the proper decisions when it comes to recovery and healing.