January is National Winter Sports TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) Awareness month!
According to Consumer Health Digest, there are approximately 1.7 million head injuries annually in the United States. Of the 1.7 million, about 52,000 die every year due to the TBI.
The most common cause of injury is due to falling or crashing while skiing or skating.
The Consumer Health Digest recommends these tips to prevent head injuries:
- Wear properly fitted and well-maintained safety equipment like helmets
- Establish safety rules like no direct hits to the head or other dangerous activities during play
- Encourage safe playing techniques and encourage individuals to strictly follow rules of play during winter sports activities.
If you suspect a concussion or other head injury:
- Immediately remove the suspected person from the game/play.
- Get that individual evaluated by a medical professional to check for signs of a concussion
- Do not return the person to play until the medical professional has given an "all clear" to return to play
Please feel free to get more information at the Consumer Health Digest website!
If you or someone you know has a TBI and needs an experienced caregiver, please give SYNERGY HomeCare a call! We have trained caregivers that would be delighted to assist your loved one.