Looking At The Numbers
A Common Injury
Statistics show traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a more common injury than people realize. In 2013, there were 2.8 million emergency department visits, hospitalizations and deaths in the United States resulting from TBI.
Children and young adults are particularly susceptible to TBIs because their brains are still developing. Generally, our brains continue to develop until approximately age 25. Children and young adults are also susceptible to TBI — especially in full-contact sports like football where they could experience repeated blows to the head.
Did You Know?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
- The rate at which children aged 19 and under visited the emergency room for sports or activity-related concussion or TBI more than doubled between 2001 and 2012.
- In 2013, falls were the leading cause of TBI hospitalizations for those 14 years of age and younger and those 45 years of age and older
- In 2013, motor vehicle crashes were the leading cause of TBI hospitalization for those between the ages of 15 and 44.
- Nearly 50,000 people died from TBI in 2013
Sports And TBI
According to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the following 10 activities yielded the greatest number of TBIs in 2009, listed in decreasing order of injury:
- Water Sports
- Recreational Vehicles (ATVs, etc)
- Skateboards and scooters
- Skiing, sledding and other winter sports