What Are the Primary Causes of Traumatic Brain Injury? Who Is Most Likely to Suffer a TBI?
Every year, approximately three million people in the United States seek medical treatment for a traumatic brain injury, with about one in every ten spending some time in the hospital to recover. While many people who suffer a concussion (mild TBI) or more serious traumatic brain injury make a full recovery, it can take months or even years to get there. What are the major risk factors related to traumatic brain injuries. What populations tend to be most susceptible to TBI?
The Common Causes of Traumatic Brain Injury
The leading causes of TBI, in order of frequency, are:
- Auto, truck and motorcycle accidents
- Being struck by objects
- Recreational sports incidents
The Vulnerable Patient Populations for TBI
Because falls account for more than four of every ten traumatic brain injuries, small children and elderly individuals tend to be at the greatest risk for traumatic brain injury and TBI-related injuries. The CDC reports that, in 2019, persons aged 75 and older accounted for nearly a third (32%) of all TBI-related hospitalizations. That same year, more than 16,000 children under the age of 18 required hospitalization after a traumatic brain injury.
CDC data also indicates that men are almost twice as likely to require hospitalization as a consequence of a traumatic brain injury than women (80% vs. 43%). The CDC attributes this to data that suggests that men typically engage in higher-risk behaviors, as well as more physically punishing sports.
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