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Guard your Noggin

Brain injury is nothing to scoff at—protect yourself and your kids today

Not so long ago, spectators roared with approval when a star player got "his bell rung," then rushed back onto the field. Today, a growing body of brain research shows that head injuries are nothing to trifle with.

Here's a quick look at the most common brain injuries, plus tips on how to keep you and your children protected.

Two Types

In general, there are two broad types of brain injury. A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is an injury to the brain stemming from an external force, such as a car crash or fall. A non-traumatic brain injury does not result from force, but rather from disease, tumor, infection or poisoning.

Regardless of the cause, brain injuries can be serious—resulting in changes in the way a person thinks, behaves, feels and moves.

Common Causes

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1.7 million people sustain a TBI each year in the U.S. The leading causes of TBI are:

  • Falls (35.2 percent)
  • Motor vehicle-traffic crashes (17.3 percent)
  • Struck by something or against something (16.5 percent)
  • Assaults (10 percent)

Prevention Is Key

According to the Brain Injury Association of America, these precautions can reduce TBI risk:

  • Wear a seat belt (and use child safety seats until the child is about 40 pounds, and booster seats until children reach 4 feet 9 inches).
  • Wear helmets. According to the CDC, head injury risk is between 3.9 and 6.7 times greater for those who do not wear helmets compared with those who do.
  • Ensure playground surfaces are shock-absorbing.
  • Install guards on windows and safety gates on stairways to prevent young children from falling.
  • Keep stairs clear of clutter and secure rugs and bathmats.

What NCH Is Doing

Northwest Community Healthcare is one of four hospitals nationwide selected for the Adam Williams Initiative Grant, which is providing continued sharpening of our expertise in neurotrauma and neurocritical care.

Specifically, the grant is aiding in the implementation of sophisticated equipment for diagnosis and monitoring of brain injury, a two-year membership with the Brain Trauma Foundation and $20,000 to $30,000 of on-site traumatic brain injury training for NCH staff.

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Last Updated 04/10/2009