How to Prevent a Traumatic Brain Injury

Posted: Monday, March 1, 2021

While traumatic brain injuries are a major cause of disability and death in the US, some cases can be prevented. Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are commonly caused by either a jarring bump or blow to the head or a penetrating injury to the head that affects the brain’s normal function.

The most common causes of nonfatal TBI include falls, car crashes or being struck with a hard object. Falls and suicides cause the most fatalities associated with TBI. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, side effects associated with a TBI may include, impaired memory, thinking, movement, sensations, or emotional changes, such as depression or personality changes. 

How do I prevent a TBI? 

  • Preventing falls in older adults. 
  • Speak Up 
  • Talk openly with your healthcare provider about falls risks and prevention  
  • Keep Moving  
  • Began an exercise program to improve your leg strength and balance  
  • Get an annual eye exam  
  • Make your home safer  
  • Remove clutter and tripping hazards  
  • Learn more about older adult fall prevention  
  • Creating environment for safer play in sports. 
  • Follow rules for fair play safety, and sportsmanship  
  • Avoid hits to the head  
  • Wear protective gear  
  • Learn more about sport safety  
  • Drive more cautiously 
  • Buckle up 
  • Stay off phone and mobile devices  
  • Drive Alert – never drive impaired or drowsy  
  • Learn more about distracted driving  

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For more information about Traumatic Brain Injury please contact our Trauma Outreach and Injury Prevention Coordinator by email or by calling 770-219-1647. You may also find more information about Injury Prevention by clicking here.