PROTECTING THE BRAIN: THE DAMAGING IMPACT OF TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY
Sports are where the majority of brain injuries occur, but that’s not the only situation. Falls, and getting hit by a vehicle are two of the most prevalent other ways of sustaining an injury.
In his presentation at the 2017 Psych Congress, George Grossberg, MD, Director of the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry at St. Louis University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri, reflected on the personal and societal burden of TBI, particularly as it affects the elderly.1 “One-third of injury-related deaths are linked to TBI,” Dr Grossberg remarked. “And falls are the leading cause of TBI at 40.5% and also the leading cause of nursing home admittances.” Other leading causes of TBI include motor vehicle accidents and assault, with nearly one-fifth of TBI being due to an unknown cause.
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