It's March. That means it’s Brain Injury Awareness Month — a yearly effort to shine a spotlight on the progress and benefits of brain research.
Did you know:
- There are 5.3 million Americans living with the often invisible effects of traumatic brain injury (TBI).
- In the US, the #1 cause of death in kids is from TBI. Many of these deaths can be prevented through awareness.
- A person may look fine, but the internal damage to their brain can be life-changing. However, most brain injuries are mild, and most people recover in a matter of weeks.
- Nearly half of all brain injuries are caused by falls.
- In the military, between 2000 and the third quarter of 2020, more than 430,720 service members sustained a TBI.
- Brain injury, caused largely by improvised explosive devices (IEDs), has become known as the signature wound of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
- The military is working on hundreds of projects to research brain injury so as to better prevent, diagnose, and treat brain injury.
Learn more about Brain Injury Awareness Month.
Posted on BrainLine March 1, 2018. Reviewed February 28, 2022.