Traumatic brain injuries have become a growing concern – especially among young athletes participating in high-contact sports like football. However, like many injuries, brain trauma can be avoided with education and awareness, which is why we celebrate Brain Injury Awareness Month in March.
Brain injures can result from a variety of sources, including car crashes, slip and falls, and sports activities. A traumatic brain injury may cause a decrease in a person’s cognitive abilities, emotional and behavioral alterations, or decreased use of physical capabilities.
Here are four simple tips that can help prevent or avoid a traumatic brain injury:
- Car Seats – Always place your infant or child in a properly restrained child safety seat when driving.
- Safety Checks – Review the home of parents and geriatric relatives to make their living quarters free from trip hazards.
- Proper Gear – Use the appropriate safety equipment and proper fitting helmets for sporting activities.
- Focused Driving – Ask your friends to refrain from using a cell phone or texting while driving to avoid collisions.
If you have any concerns about a particular activity, ask questions to assure your safety.