Preventing Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs as a result of a force or impact to the head that affects normal brain function. Falls, car collisions, injury from a sports activity and playground accidents are some of the common events connected with TBI.

The effects of TBI range from mild to severe and can cause temporary to long-term complications. Brain injury symptoms can vary from person to person; some of the signs include:

  • Headache
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Confusion
  • Memory problems
  • Communication problems

The Centers for Disease Control and New York Department of Health Statistics make it clear that the most effective way to prevent brain injury is to avoid the chance of it happening. Mount Sinai rehabilitation medicine specialists, support these findings and offer some tips to help protect you and your family by reducing the risk of occurrence.

Wear a helmet or protective head gear

  • While riding your bike, motorcycle or other vehicles that expose you to the risk of head injury
  • While participating in activities such as football, baseball, skateboarding and snowboarding

Buckle your seat belt

  • Whenever you drive or while you are a passenger in a vehicle
  • Keep children safe by placing infants, toddlers and children (ages 4 to 8 years) in the appropriate child safety or booster seat and by making sure older children are fastened securely in a seat belt

Add exercise to your daily routine

  • For strength
  • To improve balance and coordination

Fall-proof your home
Take the following measures to help safeguard you and your family from serious falls around the house.

  • Place safety gates at the top and bottom of stairs to prevent small children from climbing or descending
  • Use a step ladder for out-of-reach objects instead of standing on chairs, tables or other household items that may be unstable
  • Remove or secure loose electrical cords and area rugs to reduce the chance of tripping
  • Use non-slip bath mats in tubs and showers
  • Install window guards
  • Clear clutter, debris and other tripping hazards from stairs, hallways, entrances and outside walkways

Check playground surfaces and equipment

  • Avoid concrete, asphalt, blacktop and other surfaces that do not cushion a child’s fall from playground equipment
  • Choose playgrounds with “soft” surfaces beneath equipment such as mulch filling, sand or where rubber surfacing mats are installed to cushion falls

Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Center offers a range of services and programs that address the complications of TBI. The Bridge Program and Phase II are specialized approaches offered by the Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Center to assist individuals who are living with the effects of mild, moderate and severe brain injuries.

Learn more about traumatic brain injury

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