More than 5.3 million Americans are currently living with an impairment related to a traumatic brain injury (TBI). This year alone, at least 2.5 million more people in the U.S. will sustain a new TBI. This is according to the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA), a national advocacy group dedicated to supporting TBI survivors while educating the public about the impacts of TBIs.
Stepping up their efforts this month, the BIAA is currently sponsoring national TBI Awareness Month in March. With the theme Not Alone, the 2016 TBI Awareness Month centers on providing “a platform for educating the general public about the incidence of brain injury and the needs of people with brain injuries and their families.” The goal, according to BIAA, is to “de-stigmatize the injury, empower those who have survived and promote the many types of support that are available.”
While the BIAA and various other groups have a number of activities and events planned for this month, Wednesday, March 16th marks National TBI Awareness Day, when the BIAA and the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force (CBITF) invite the public to Capitol Hill to discuss essential issues surrounding brain injuries.
Top TBI Facts to Know for Brain Injury Awareness Month
In honor of national TBI Awareness Month, here are some of the most important facts to understand about TBIs:
- The causes – The single most common cause of TBIs in the U.S. is falling accidents, which contribute to more than 2 out of every 5 new TBI cases each year. Other leading causes of traumatic brain injuries in the U.S. include:
- Being hit or struck by an object, which causes nearly 16 percent of all TBIs
- Motor vehicle crashes, which contribute to more than 14 percent of all TBIs
- Assaults, which cause nearly 11 percent of all TBIs.
- The risks – While males generally have higher rates of TBIs (than females), young children and elderly adults typically have the highest risk of suffering a fall-related traumatic brain injury. In contrast, young adults (i.e., those under 25) usually have the highest risk of suffering a traffic crash-related TBI.
- The impacts – TBI-related complications kill more than 50,000 Americans every year. This results in more than 135 TBI-related deaths every day in the U.S. For those who do survive TBIs, the effects can be debilitating and permanent, potentially impairing people’s abilities to communicate, perceive their environments, control their moods, and maybe even live independently.
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