Monday, March 2, 2009

Brain Injury: Get the Facts

March is National Brain Injury Awareness Month

This year, the focus is on awareness and prevention of sport related concussions, specifically relating to youth sports.

Learn more about Sports & Concussion at the Brain Injury Association website

A few facts about Brain Injury:
(These statistics are national averages, and vary by state)

1.4 million people sustain a brain injury every year in the United States
Nationwide, a brain injury occurs every 23 seconds (every 14 seconds in Arizona)

Leading causes of brain injury include:

*Falls (28%)
*Motor Vehicle Accidents (20%)
*Struck by/against events (19%)
*Assaults (11%)
*Blasts are a leading cause of injury for active duty military personnel in war zones

Brain injury is a silent, serious epidemic, affecting some 5.3 million Americans

Each state has a Brain Injury Association office

Find your state affiliate office here: BIA State Offices

And for more facts and statistics, visit the
read more About Brain Injury here.

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