High-Risk TBI Categories
There’s a common misperception that a traumatic brain injury (TBI) refers to only serious or debilitating head injury. To the contrary, even a minor bump to the head can cause a TBI, and anyone can be a victim. However, people in certain demographic categories are statistically more prone to TBI:
- Children four years of age and younger—Because falling is one of the most common causes of TBI, infants and toddlers are at greater risk. They lack a well-developed sense of balance and can fall from beds, cribs, and other heights. Tragically, child abuse is another leading cause of TBI in small children.
- Adults over the age of 60—Falls are also common among older Americans, whether they reside in nursing or assisted living facilities or their own homes. Statistics indicate that half or more of all TBIs sustained by older Americans are due to falls.
- Teens and young adults between the ages of 15 and 24—In this age group, the single biggest cause of TBI is motor vehicle accidents. That’s not surprising, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that teens aged 16-19 have the highest rate of motor vehicle accidents of any demographic group.
- Males—Males of any age are more susceptible to TBI for a variety of reasons. Statistics show that males aged 16-19 are twice as likely to sustain a TBI in a motor vehicle accident compared to females of the same age. As a whole, males are more likely to engage in athletic activities that involve impact and the potential for head injury.
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