March has been designated brain injury awareness month by the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA).
Brain injuries can affect a person’s cognitive abilities, emotional responses, and overall personality. Traumatic brain injury (TBI) can result when a person experiences a blow to the head, or from a penetrating injury (for example, a gunshot wound).
TBI is the leading cause of death and disability worldwide. According to Brain Injury Centre Canada, TBI is sustained by: 1) Falls (35.2% – often experienced by children and the elderly); 2) Traffic Collisions (17.3%); 3) Struck By/Against Events (16.5% – including many workplace accidents); 4) Assaults (10%); and Other/Unknown Incidents (21%).
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