Brain Injury Awareness Month: Concussion Facts & Prevention Tips

Did you know that the Brain Injury Association of America estimates someone in the U.S. sustains a brain injury every 9 seconds? While most of us never imagine ourselves being impacted by a brain injury, these injuries are more common than we may think. Concussions are the most common type of brain injury, defined as sudden movement causing the brain to bounce around or twist in the skull and creating chemical changes in the brain.

While the symptoms of a concussion often last only a few days or weeks, sometimes they last a much longer time or can be permanent in nature. Concussions can be devastating if not attended to properly. Below are facts about how concussions occur and prevention tips.

1) Concussions most often occur as a result of blows to the head during sports activities, car or workplace accidents, military combat, falls, assaults, or any daily mishap.

2) Concussions can go undetected because their symptoms may not appear related to a head injury, so it’s crucial to seek medical attention if you suspect you’ve sustained one. Symptoms can include sleep irregularities, mood disturbances (such as depression or anxiety), memory and cognitive issues, and slower-than-normal mental processing.

3) Signs of immediate danger after concussion include repeat vomiting and loss of consciousness, vision disturbances, headache, seizures, slurred speech, and more.

4) Prevention is key! Wearing helmets during activities like biking and sports can significantly reduce the risk of brain injuries for people of all ages.

5) Take steps to help seniors prevent concussions such as removing hazardous objects, lighting up living space to avoid tripping, installing assistive devices, and providing sensible footwear.

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