TBI is an affliction from which people of all ages suffer each and every day.
TBI, otherwise known as a “traumatic brain injury,” is not like your average everyday ailment that tends to get better with time. A TBI can have long-lasting ramifications, from emotional distress to physical disability and even death.
With that being said, what more is there to know about TBI? From leading causes, to who can be affected by TBI, to what to look for in a TBI patient, there is plenty of information out there and still more being developed and researched as we speak.
The 4th Federal Interagency Conference on Traumatic Brain Injury invites everyone who is invested in this topic to register for the leading TBI conference to learn even more.
This conference covers TBI across the lifespan, from research to practice to policy. This event is so unique that it only occurs once every six to seven years, or however long it takes for real progress to be made in the field of TBI research.
Learn more about the Interagency TBI conference and book your spot today.
TBI Facts And Statistics
Traumatic brain injury doesn’t discriminate by age, gender, or lifestyle. In fact, the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention estimate that some 17 million people annually sustain a traumatic brain injury of some sort.
While in drastic cases, a severe traumatic brain injury can result in death, even those who survive a TBI are often suffering from some of the long-term damage which can be revealed by a significant injury to our central system.
Among the long-term effects that those with TBI deal with include: memory issues, limited movement in their extremities, a lack of physical sensation, impaired/loss of vision and/or hearing, personality changes, emotional changes, and more.
Causes Of TBI
TBI can be caused in a number of ways. For example, one of the issues that has been in the spotlight in recent years is the issue over concussions in professional football.
While football itself is not the cause of TBI, the high-force impact of a helmet-to-helmet hit, for example, can be.
According to the CDC, other leading causes of traumatic brain injury include:
- Intentional self-harm (33 percent of all TBI-related deaths)
- Being struck by or against an object
- Motor vehicle crashes
While these are some of the leading causes of TBI, it’s important to note that there are a number of difference incidents which can result in a traumatic brain injury, and this is in no way a complete list.
Who Does TBI Affect?
As we touched on above, TBI research indicates that no one specific group is necessarily more inclined to have a traumatic brain injury in their life. However, there are certain age groups that are considered to be of a higher risk, largely because of their lifestyles and conditions. Those include children from ages 0-4 and elderly adults over the age of 65.
It’s also important to note that traumatic brain injury affects more than just the person who suffered the injury; TBI also has the ability to impact family, friends, and loved ones.
Staying current with all of the latest TBI research and findings will help you better deal with a TBI, whether you or someone you know is suffering from the condition.
Register today for the Interagency TBI conference, set to take place in Washington, D.C., from June 11-18, 2018.