March 16-22 is the 25th annual Brain Awareness Week, a global education initiative to raise awareness for brain health and science. During last year’s campaign alone, more than 2,500 events were held in 45 states and 50 countries around the world!
This brain awareness week, we’re spreading the word about the importance of protecting your one and only brain.
One of the biggest concerns when it comes to brain health is injuries. A hematoma, hemorrhage, and skull fracture are all different types of brain injuries, but the most common are concussions.
Concussions occur when the brain moves rapidly inside the skull as a result of a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or body.
Here are brain injury facts, according to the CDC and Brain Injury Research Institute:
- 1.5 million Americans suffer from traumatic brain injuries
- A traumatic brain injury occurs every 15 seconds
- Brain injuries are the leading cause of death for children and young adults
- Each year in the U.S., 1.6-3.8 million sports and recreation-related concussions occur
- 10% of all contact sport athletes get concussions yearly
- Concussions account for 65% to 95% of all football-related fatalities
- 86% of athletes that suffer from a concussion will experience post-traumatic migraine or headache pain
- After getting your first concussion, you’re 4-6 times more likely to sustain a second
Signs of a concussion are usually noticed shortly after the injury occurs but sometimes can take days or weeks to be recognized. Evidence supports the claim that you can judge the severity of a concussion by the severity of the symptoms.
Symptoms of a concussion include:
- Mood changes
- Memory problems
- Sleep disturbances
Protect your brain
There are easy measures you can take to decrease your likelihood of getting a concussion.
Tips on protecting your brain include:
- Always wear a seatbelt in the car.
- Always wear a helmet when you’re biking, skateboarding, skiing, snowboarding, rollerblading, or partaking in any activity that could result in hitting your head.
- Prevent falls by being aware of your surroundings, looking out for wet surfaces, finding a seat if you feel lightheaded or dizzy, using handrails on stairs, etc.
- If you play a contact sport, get your helmet correctly fitted and adjusted to protect your head, and avoid blows to the head at all costs.
- Parents, speak to coaches about their strategies to avoid concussions and head injuries.
Head our way
If a loved one experiences any type of head injury, it’s imperative you seek medical help and do not let them fall asleep in the meantime. From skull fractures to concussions, Wylie ER offers CT Scans, X-rays, and other services to diagnose and treat a variety of head injuries. Our doors are open 24/7, so we’re here for you at all times.
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