What Are the Most Common Causes of Traumatic Brain Injury? //
Head injuries can change your life, and not for the better. But how do they happen? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other reliable resources around the web, these are the 5 leading causes of traumatic brain injury (TBI) in the United States:
Falls were the leading cause of traumatic brain injury in 2014, and they accounted for nearly half (48%) of all TBI-related emergency room visits. Many children aged 0 to 17 are harmed by falls, and falls caused 81% of TBI-related ER visits in adults over 65 in 2014.
2. Motor Vehicle Accidents
Motor vehicle accidents were the leading cause of TBI-related death in persons aged 15-34 and adults over 75 and the leading cause of hospitalizations for adolescents and adults aged 15 to 44. Head trauma is common in motor vehicle accidents. Many people suffer concussions due to their brain hitting the inside of their skull, contusions due to hitting their head against the steering wheel or a window, or penetrating injuries from glass or loose objects inside the car.
3. Sports Injuries
Sports can be high-octane and aggressive, so it’s no surprise that accidents happen. Many football players and other athletes sustain concussions and more serious head injuries. While concussions are a form of mild TBI, multiple concussions can be more serious and even lead to death.
4. Child Abuse, Violence, and Self-Inflicted Injuries
Sadly, not all traumatic brain injuries are accidental. Being hit by bullets or weapons causes many TBIs, and children are often struck by or against objects. Additionally, intentional self-harm was the first leading cause of TBI-related death in 2014.
5. Explosions and Natural Disasters
Blast injuries due to explosions are a leading cause of TBI. Natural disasters and other extreme events can also cause serious injuries.
TBIs can be closed – from a blow, bump, or jolt to the head – or penetrating – when an object penetrates the skull.
Serious accidents and acts of violence can cause both types of TBI at the same time.
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