Age Groups That May Be More Susceptible to TBI
According to government statistics, more than 1.5 million people seek medical care every year because of some type of head injury. Traumatic brain injury is a leading cause of death and disability in the United States, with nearly 200 fatalities every day as a result of a TBI. Though anyone can be at risk of a traumatic brain injury, there are certain age groups that have a greater likelihood of TBI.
Age as a Risk Factor for a Traumatic Brain Injury
Studies show that three specific age groups have a greater propensity for traumatic brain injury:
- Children under the age of four—Though minors as a group tend to be at greater risk, small children are statistically among the most frequent victims of TBI. Experts say a number of factors come into play, including lack of muscular development and control, as well as lack of coordination. Small children tend to be more active, and also lack an understanding of the dangers of certain types of behavior.
- Young Adults—Studies show that juveniles and young adults between the ages of 15 and 24 are statistically more likely to sustain a traumatic brain injury. Many of those TBIs are suffered in motor vehicle accidents. Researchers say that people in this age group are inclined to engage in high-risk behaviors. Teenagers and young adults are also more likely to be victims of physical violence that leads to TBI.
- Persons over the age of 60—The most common cause of TBI in seniors and older adults is falls. Many older people become significantly more sedentary, leading to loss of strength and muscle tone in their legs, which can make them unstable when walking or climbing stairs.
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