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Who is at Risk of Traumatic Brain Injury?

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) often occurs as a result of a direct blow to the head. TBIs can be mild, moderate, or severe.

While mild cases of TBI can go completely untreated, moderate and severe cases require immediate medical attention to prevent severe damages to the brain. The sooner a TBI is treated, the better the chances of recovery.

Whether you are an ordinary individual, a student, a working professional, or even a sports professional, anyone is at risk of acquiring traumatic brain injuries. That’s why it's important to be aware of your risks and take the necessary precautions.

Who is at Risk of Traumatic Brain Injury

People at High-Risk for Traumatic Brain Injury

Every individual is vulnerable to traumatic brain injuries, but some are more at risk than others.

While injuries are commonly associated with athletes, some occupations pose a higher risk of workplace injuries, especially brain-related injuries. TBIs are also common in children and older adults.

  • Children

Injury is prevalent among children aged 14 and younger. This is because they are very active in sports and other outdoor activities. TBIs in children include concussion, contusion, and fracture.

  • Older Adults

Seniors who are 65 years old and older are susceptible to incurring head injuries. Slip and fall accidents are one of the causes of sustaining TBIs among elderlies.

  • People Exposed to a Dangerous Working Environment

Some jobs require extra care to prevent injuries from happening. For instance, soldiers are at risk during combat or training exercises, construction workers are at risk from falling debris, and athletes are at risk for sustaining concussions if they're not wearing the proper safety gear.

  • People Who Have A History of TBI

Everyone is already at risk of Traumatic Brain Injury because accidents and other unprecedented situations may happen any time of the day. However, if a person has already experienced any kind of head injury in the past, he is at higher risk of TBI. The first time sustaining a TBI may already have a negative and long-term impact on how the brain functions.


What Are The Common Causes of Traumatic Brain Injury?

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a general term for any injury to the head that disrupts the function of the brain. TBI can result from:

  • Motor vehicle accidents. Road accidents have a huge contribution to TBIs. Accident injuries can range from a mild concussion to severe trauma that can lead to coma, paralysis, or even death. The severity varies on the impact of the accident on the body.
  • Slip-and-fall accidents. Slip and fall injuries are very common to individuals exposed to an unsafe working environment and older adults with weakened musculoskeletal systems. When you lack balance and coordination, it can put you at risk of head injuries.
  • Sports injuries. TBIs are common to athletes, especially those who are physically active in training or play extreme sports.
  • Physical abuse/assault. Being in an abusive environment is harmful to the physical and mental well-being of a person. In most cases, TBI has been a common head injury sustained by the victims of violence.
  • Gunshot wounds. One of the worst cases of TBI is when a bullet fractures the skull and causes irreparable damage to the brain. Police officers and soldiers are highly at risk of this kind of injury.

Because of the damage that occurs to the skull, the brain is much more vulnerable to injury. This can cause bruising, lacerations, hemorrhage, blood clots, or even aneurysms.

Who is at Risk of Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic Brain Injury vs. Concussion

While the terms TBI and concussion are often used interchangeably, they do have distinct differences. TBI is caused by a physical hit to the head and results in a general impact on the brain, which can be more severe than a concussion.

A concussion is a milder form of brain injury that can occur when the head moves rapidly and forcefully. It doesn't typically result in any long-term problems like TBI.


What Are the Complications of Traumatic Brain Injuries?

Some people recover immediately from a TBI with minimal to no long-term side effects. However, others may experience significant brain damage that can lead to long-term health issues.

Some of the short term complications include:

  • Cognitive problems
  • Seizures
  • Blood clotting
  • Swelling of the brain

On the other hand, possible long term effects of TBI are associated with:

  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Other types of Dementia
  • Epilepsy

Traumatic brain injuries can occur in all age groups. The severity of a traumatic brain injury may vary. In some cases, it can be life-threatening. However, with proper treatment and management, most people with a TBI have a higher possibility of recovering from the injury.

Do you want to help find new interventions for TBI? Contact us to learn about participating in a paid clinical study.

Santos Research Center in Tampa has been conducting clinical trials to determine the best possible treatments for TBI.

If you have a history of TBI and you’re interested in participating in our ongoing study, contact us at (813) 249-9100 or visit www.santosresearch.com.

Santos Research Center, Corp. is a research facility conducting paid clinical trials, in partnership with major pharmaceutical companies & CROs. We work with patients from across the Tampa Bay area.

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