Did you know that injury is the leading cause of death and disability among children and young adults? Join Deena Centofanti in a live chat room to learn how to protect your kids and yourself.
Deena will be joined by: Daniel Michael, M.D., Ph.D. - Chief, Neurotrauma & Critical Care, Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak and Lori Sheridan, Beaumont Neuroscience program and ThinkFirst chapter director.
USE THE CHAT MODULE ABOVE TO ASK QUESTIONS STARTING AT 9AM ON WEDNESDAY.
Bicycle Safety statistics from Beaumont Hospital's ThinkFirst website:
Death and Injury Statistics
WHEN AND WHERE injuries are most likely to occur
Brain injury statistics from Beaumont Hospital's ThinkFirst website:
Each year, an estimated 1.7 million persons in the United States sustain a brain injury and 12,000 - 20,000 sustain a spinal cord injury.
In fact, injury is the leading cause of death among children and teens. The most frequent causes of these injuries are motor vehicle crashes, violence, falls, sports and recreation.
Concussion: A Force to Be Reckoned With!
Much is currently in the news about concussion, and with good reason! A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury, or TBI, that is often described as a "mild" brain injury because concussions are not usually life-threatening. Their effects, however, can be serious, especially if the brain is not given adequate time to heal before returning to sports or activities. Preventing concussion, recognizing symptoms, seeking medical evaluation and following concussion guidelines are all vital for full recovery and the prevention of more serious effects.
Concussions are caused by a fall or blow to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth, causing impact on the brain. According the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, athletes experiencing any of the signs and symptoms below after a blow to the head or body should be kept out of play the day of the injury and until a health care professional skilled in evaluating concussion says they are symptom-free and able to return to play: (www.cdc.gov/concussion/sports/recognize.html)
Symptoms Reported by Athlete:
Rest is essential after a concussion to allow the brain adequate time to heal. If a repeat concussion occurs before the brain has recovered, there is an increased risk for a more serious brain injury with long-term effects. It is essential that coaches, parents and athletes are all educated on the importance of following strict concussion guidelines.
To lower your risk for head injuries and concussion, apply the same ThinkFirst message in all you do: use your mind to protect your body! Make safe choices to prevent concussion and traumatic brain injury by: