Various public events nationwide will mark Brain Injury Awareness month, which occurs each March to shine a spotlight on traumatic brain conditions and research into treatment methodologies. And starting this month, the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) and its nationwide network of 44 Chartered State Affiliates is launching a year-long, nationwide education and advocacy campaign: “A concussion is a brain injury. Get the facts.”
When it come to sports injuries, which are of course not the only concussion risks, BiAA says that “coaches of every school athletic team and every extracurricular athletic activity should be trained to recognize the signs and symptoms of brain injury, including concussions and second impact syndrome.”
As we reported previously, legislation is currently pending in Virginia to mandate certain increased protections for players on high school teams who suffer concussions.
The U.S. military will also be participating in the Brain Injury Awareness month. Traumatic brain injury in considered a “signature injury” for Iraq and Afghanistan combat veterans.
On an everyday basis, however, a serious blow to the head is most likely to occur in a slip-and-fall accident or in a car crash than in competitive sports or in a military conflict. Some 1.4 million traumatic brain injuries are said to occur each year in the U.S., which amounts to one every 21 seconds.
According to the BIAA, symptoms include nausea, dizziness or balance problems, double or fuzzy vision, sensitivity to light or noise, headache, feeling sluggish or tired, feeling foggy or groggy, confusion, or trouble concentrating/trouble remembering. If you or a family member have any of these symptoms, see a healthcare professional immediately.
Brainline.org released this video to further publicize Brain Injury Awareness Month: