April 5, 2018
When facts are stranger than fiction!
Causes of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) in Youth and Adolescents
There are various causes of Concussion in Youth and Adolescents. Not every event is the result of participating in a high-risk sport. As a matter of fact, only 30% of the concussions reported ever year, are related to sports and recreation. Of the millions of concussions reported, 70% are result of other events.
Statistics were gathered by the CDC, (Center for Disease Control), between 2000-2010 regarding Traumatic Brain-Injury (TBI) related Emergency Department (ED) visits, hospitalizations and deaths (according to age and cause of injury.) The data gathered, indicated that the rates of TBI-related Emergency Department visits increased for every age group studied … the most significant increase was noted for children four years and younger. Between 2007 and 2010, the rates increased by 50% in children 0 to 4 which were the highest rates of any age group studied (almost twice the rate of those aged 15–24 years).
The four main causes of (TBI) in Youth and Adolescents
One of the main causes of Concussion in Youth, (0-4 years) are falls. They are the main reason for visits to the Emergency Department for that age group. This also applies to children 5-14. While a visit to the ED may be required, a fall is rarely responsible for a TBI-related death.
Motor vehicle accidents
Motor vehicle accidents are responsible for a little under half of all TBI-related deaths in children and adolescents. They are the number one cause of TBI-related deaths among children 5-14, and are the #1 cause of TBI-related ED visits and hospitalizations for older teens.
Struck by or against
The second leading cause of TBI-related injuries is from being hit in the head by an object, or running into an object head first. This accounts for about 15% of TBI-related ED visits, hospitalizations, and deaths in the United States in 2013. Injuries caused by being struck by/against an object account for 35% of injuries in youth 5–14 years of age, who are diagnosed with a TBI during an ED visit. Like falls, this category of injury is more likely to result in ED visits than in death.
Assault is the leading cause of TBI-related death among children 0-4. It’s also a common cause of TBI-related ED visits and hospitalizations in older teens.
Having read the facts, will you wear your Fitz wearable Brain Impact monitor all day every day, or still only when you believe you are “most at risk”?