What are the most common causes of traumatic brain injuries?

doctor examining brain damageTraumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are a leading cause of death in the United States. As many as 1.7 million Americans sustain a TBI each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). While most people survive, many are left with debilitating physical, cognitive, and behavioral impairments. In fact, the CDC estimates that 5.3 million Americans live with disabilities caused by brain injuries.

So what causes these devastating injuries? Quite simply, TBIs are caused by a jolt or blow to the head or a penetrating injury that causes the brain to swell or “bump” the inside of the skull. While motor vehicle and traffic-related accidents—including motorcycle, bicycle, scooter, moped, and pedestrian crashes—are the leading cause of TBI-related deaths, falls cause the most TBIs overall and account for the majority of TBI-related emergency room visits and hospitalizations.

Unfortunately, according to the Mayo Clinic, approximately 20 percent of TBIs can be attributed to violence, such as domestic violence or child abuse. “Shaken Baby Syndrome” is a well-known type of TBI that occurs when someone violently shakes an infant, causing its head to whip back and forth.

TBIs can also be caused by injuries sustained in high-impact or extreme sports, such as hockey, soccer, skateboarding, and football. In fact, a 2015 study from the Department of Veterans Affairs and Boston University found that 96 percent of former NFL players showed signs of a degenerative brain disease caused by repetitive TBIs.

These injuries are also common among active-duty military personnel, as combat injuries such as explosive blasts and penetrating shrapnel can cause TBIs.

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