A severe violent blow to the head resulting in mild, moderate or severe brain dysfunction is a traumatic brain injury.
A question arises how does Traumatic Brain Injury recovery.
Every year, statistics suggest thousands of children that either become disabled or die as a result of a traumatic brain injury, which could be sports-related, recreation-related or otherwise.
What is interesting about this new study published in the journal of brain injury is that it attributes Emergency Department visits amongst kids and young adults to specific consumer products and services that were faulty.
For once, we are not talking only concussion in sport!
Enlisted are the 10 products and activities that led to non-fatal episodes of traumatic brain injuries amongst children aged 1-19years.
- Ceilings and walls
Given the list of faulty products, it was in a much obvious sense stated that these injuries were found to be unintentional.
Types of Traumatic Brain Injury:
- Direct Impact Injury
- Accelerated-Decelerated injury
- Shock wave injury
Going that extra mile,
the study also suggested ways to prevent these injuries in and around the home setting as well as on a playground or outdoors by doing the following,
How to avoid Traumatic Brain Injury:
1) Almost always ensure player safety and enforce playground safety rules.
2) Ensure that every player uses proper safety gear.
3) Encouraging peer, caregiver and teacher education
4) Ensuring playground surfaces are not hard, and if they are, we must avoid using them.
5) Ensuring safe maneuvering of kids by eliminating tripping hazards like area rugs and prefabricated stairs and improving lighting.
6) Lastly, adding safety devices at home like stair gates and guard rails to minimize risk.
Above all, it is always advised that parents, caregivers, coaches or anybody involved in caring for the child must ensure proper screening/imaging techniques are used in the event a child suffers a TBI.
Additional insights from the study,
- This study was conducted using data from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System-All Injury Program (NEISS-AIP) from years 2010-2013.
- In those years, they found that amongst children aged 1-19 years, a total of 4.1 million visits were made to the emergency department for non-fatal TBI.
- Sports-related visits ie Football and bicycling were mostly seen amongst the 5-9-year old.
- Other reasons for TBI in other age groups included poor furnishings and fixtures and ill-fitting car seats to name a few.
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