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  Andrea Benaim   March 3, 2017   Head 0 Comments

Why is brain injury awareness so important?

Louisiana and Arkansas clinics raise awareness for Brain Injury Awareness Month

Helmets are important for preventing brain injury.Often, children don’t wear helmets when riding their bikes or when skating around the neighborhood. What’s worse, as they grow and start riding further and faster, they wear their helmets even less. Both children and adults tend to believe they’re invincible. However, did you know that 40 percent of all traumatic brain injuries in the U.S. happen due to a fall?

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What is an acquired brain injury?

An acquired brain injury (ABI) is damage to the brain that happens after birth and is not hereditary or degenerative. ABI is the overall term used for non-traumatic brain injuries (occurring more often in older adults) and traumatic brain injuries.

Possible causes of ABI

  • Traumatic force to the head, causing damage to the brain.
  • Stroke.
  • Bleeding in the brain.
  • Lack of oxygen in the brain.
  • Infection.
  • Substance abuse (or other toxic exposure).
  • Seizure.
  • Brain tumor.

Preventing an ABI

In order to avoid an ABI, you and your family should keep healthy habits. It’s important to exercise regularly, eat a healthy diet and avoid processed foods. Keeping the body and mind sharp can help avoid non-traumatic injuries. Keep in mind that if you’re part of the elderly population, the risk for a stroke is higher, and it’s even more important to keep healthy habits.

What is a traumatic brain injury?

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a subcategory of ABI that refers to sudden physical trauma to the brain caused by an external force. Traumatic brain injuries can occur from different kinds of trauma.

  • Closed-head TBI.
    • A closed head injury happens if your head hits something very hard, like in a car accident or a sports injury.
    • It’s most commonly referred to as a concussion.
  • Penetrating-head TBI.
    • A penetrating head injury happens when an object penetrates part of the brain, like when a nail penetrates the skull.

Most injuries are localized in the specific area of the brain that was hit. Additionally, closed-head injuries frequently have diffused injuries that affect other parts of the brain because the impact causes the brain to bounce back and forth inside the skull.

Main causes of a TBI:

  • Falling.
  • Being struck.
  • Motor vehicle accident.
  • Assault.
  • Other/unknown.

Prevention of TBI

In order to reduce the risk of brain injury, it’s important to always wear a seatbelt in a motor vehicle, avoid driving under the influence and always use a helmet when riding a bicycle or motorcycle as well as when playing sports that require one (like football, baseball and hockey).

Education

The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) conducts an awareness campaign every March. The theme of this year’s campaign is “Not Alone.” The purpose is to educate people about the occurrence of brain injury and how it affects the people and families dealing with it. The BIAA wants to de-stigmatize brain injuries and promote support. If you know someone impacted by a brain injury in Louisiana, visit the Brain Injury Association of Louisiana for a list of resources available to educate and assist those affected.

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