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Support Brain Injury Awareness Month

Mar 01, 2017

Spinal Cord Injury Awareness MonthMarch is the time of year when spring arrives, St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated, and the intensity of March Madness basketball brackets occurs. March is also when we recognize Brain Injury Awareness Month.

Every 23 seconds, one person in the U.S. sustains a brain injury.1 The Brain Injury Association of America leads the nation in observing Brain Injury Awareness Month, to help educate the public about the incidence of brain injury, the needs of people with brain injuries and their families, empower those who have survived, and promote the many types of support that are available.2

Brain Injury Fast Facts:

  • Every 23 seconds, one person in the U.S. sustains a brain injury. 1
  • Falls are the leading cause of traumatic brain injury (TBI). 3
  • At least 5.3 million Americans currently have a long-term or lifelong need for help to perform activities of daily living as a result of a TBI. 1
  • Direct medical costs and indirect costs such as lost productivity of TBI totaled an estimated $60 billion in the United States in 2000. 3
  • Most traumatic brain injuries are preventable. 3

Take this opportunity to further your skills in this clinical area by visiting me.aapmr.org for our collection of brain injury resources, developed by your peers.

Brain Injury Activities on mē®:

Resources:

  1. https://biau.org/facts-about-brain-injury/
  2. http://www.biausa.org/brain-injury-awareness-month.htm
  3. http://www.brainline.org/content/2008/07/facts-about-traumatic-brain-injury.html