Join me as we celebrate brain injury survivors around the world! Brain Injury Awareness Month, observed each March, was established 3 decades ago to educate the public about the incidence of brain injury and the needs of persons with brain injuries and their families. Caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head, or penetrating head injury, a traumatic brain injury (TBI) can lead to short or long-term changes affecting thinking, sensation, language, or emotion.
Each year, at least 2.5 million children and adults suffer from a TBI in the United States. Of those, 50,000 dies and 280,000 require hospital admission, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Most of us never imagine that our lives could be impacted by a serious brain injury, but between 3.2 and 5.3 million Americans live with long-term disabilities resulting from traumatic brain injury (TBI). In fact, this number could be middle-of-the-road because many people, including professional athletes, may never seek treatment.
We can’t ignore this problem any longer! So, join me and other brain injury survivors as we share tools and strategies to help raise awareness about the risks associated with brain injury. Remember...education is the key to prevention!