BRAIN INJURY FACTS AND STATISTICS
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More than 3.5 million children and adults sustain an acquired brain injury (ABI) each year, but the total incidence is unknown.
An ABI is any injury to the brain that is not hereditary, congenital, degenerative, or induced by birth trauma.
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a subset of ABI and is caused by trauma to the brain from an external force.
At least 2.5 million children and adults sustain TBIs in the U.S. each year: 2.2 million are treated in emergency departments for TBI each year.
280,000 are hospitalized for TBI each year.
50,000 die because of TBI each year.
The number of people who sustain TBIs and do not seek treatment is unknown.
Every 13 seconds, someone in the U.S. sustains a TBI.
One of every 60 people in the U.S. lives with a TBI-related disability.
Every day, 137 people in the U.S. die because of a TBI-related injury.
There are many causes of TBI: Falls – 40.5%
Struck by/against – 15.5%
Motor vehicle – 14.3%
Assaults – 10.7%
Unknown – 19%
At least 5.3 million Americans live with TBI-related disabilities.
When someone sustains a brain injury, many people are affected: Survivors and their parents, spouses, siblings, extended families, and friends
Healthcare providers, including surgeons, physicians, counselors, rehab therapists, social workers, and personal care attendants
Insurance companies that issue auto accident, individual, and group health, disability, life and re-insurance policies
Attorneys of all types, including those who handle personal injury, insurance and disability claims, civil rights/discrimination, domestic actions, wills, estates, and trusts
Educators at every level, but especially special education teachers and those who prepare America’s future healthcare workforce
Government agencies that administer health and social programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP), vocational rehab.
Almost fifty years ago, Craig J. Phillips sustained a traumatic brain injury. He earned a graduate degree in rehabilitation counseling in 1990 from the University of Kentucky and has made a lifetime commitment educating people about TBI. He is also a TBI advocate who has an extensive website, Second Chance to Live, full of resources. To date, the site includes:Check out Craig's story and resource center here.
Congratulations Craig on your accomplishments and for educating so many people!
According to the National Spinal Association:
There are approximately 200,000 people living with spinal cord injuries (SCI) in the United States.
Every 48 seconds in our country, a person becomes paralyzed. A majority of injuries occur from motor vehicle accidents, falls, work-related accidents, and sports injuries.
As the membership division of United Spinal Association, NSCIA is committed to continuing to provide quality resources that lead people living with SCI on new paths of discovery and success. We hope you will share our message of hope and our tools of empowerment with others.
We strive to raise SCI awareness and rely on you–our members and supporters–to help us make a difference.
Read more about how you can help United Spinal & NSCIA raise SCI awareness this month and throughout the year!
8/23/2016 0 Comments
A TOP student who was inspired to follow a career in neuroscience after suffering a brain injury has achieved superb A-level results.
Charlie Spencer, 2015-16 school captain at Bury Grammar School Boys, will be heading to Exeter University after gaining an A* and two A grades in Systems and Control, Biology and Psychology.
The 18-year-old, from Walmersley, was injured in an assault in 2013 and those traumatic events have proved hugely influential when deciding what career path he should take.
Read more here.
5/19/2016 0 Comments
Each year across Britain some 350,000 people are admitted to hospital with an acquired brain injury. The results can be life changing with 500,000 people in the UK currently suffering long term disabilities as a result.
Four years ago the charity Headway East London started delving into the minds of survivors of major trauma. Their stories shed fascinating light on the shocking and surprising nature of brain injuries, and how little we still understand.
Read more here.
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1/28/2016 0 Comments
The other day, Jane Parks-McKay put on a pot of water to boil macaroni. She lit the flame, then noticed some grease ringing the burner.
An idea popped into her head that seemed perfectly sensible in the moment. She got a wad of paper towels coated with vinegar and started cleaning, with the flame still burning. It wasn't until she almost set the kitchen on fire that another thought, fortunately, popped into her head: water.
Parks-McKay, 63, says blips in judgment are regular hazards of everyday life ever since she suffered a mild brain injury when she whacked her head on the door frame of an SUV in December.
Read more here.
I had the pleasure of chatting with Ali Wallace, currently Miss Oregon. Early September she will head to Atlantic City to compete in the Miss America Pageant. Ali is a beautiful, smart, young woman who also happens to have an invisible injury that she struggles with every day -- a traumatic brain injury (TBI).
In her freshman year of high school, she made the varsity Cheer team. This was a very distinct honor not given to many freshmen. She felt a bit of pressure to keep up with the other girls on her team and would practice her tumbling skills outside of practice.
One afternoon, she was at the dance studio working on her round-off back tuck. She wasn't comfortable with this move yet, and she became nervous in the middle of her flip, resulting in her falling to the floor. She landed half on the mat and half on the hardwood floor, with the back of her head/upper neck hitting first. Her mom saw it happen and rushed over to assist her.
Read more here.
10/30/2015 0 Comments
Representatives from the public and private sectors and nonprofits convened for a two-day summit in Washington, D.C., to come up with new ideas for treating people with traumatic brain injuries.
The event, which began Monday, was organized by the Veterans Affairs Department, which is hoping to harness the collective expertise from various agencies and foundations to build on advances that VA already has made.
Read more here.
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