According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), some segments of the population are more at risk for traumatic brain injuries than others – though for different reasons. Let’s look at some of the high-risk TBI groups:
Children. The CDC has found that about 17 percent of brain injuries occur in children ages 0-4. The main causes of these injuries are falls, motor vehicle accidents, and violence (such as shaken or physically-abused babies).
Seniors. One in five TBI victims are over the age of 75. The vast majority of these brain injuries are caused by slip and fall accidents. The elderly may suffer more severe brain injuries from low-impact accidents and often take longer to recover and rehabilitate.
Athletes. Sports and recreational injuries are the fourth most common cause of traumatic brain injuries. Brain damage is most common in combat sports and full contact sports (like football and hockey) as well as in sports with a high probability of falls or impacts (horse jumping, skiing, and dirt bike riding).
Service members. Especially after the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, hundreds of thousands of veterans live with traumatic brain injuries. While some of these accidents involve gunshot wounds or vehicle accidents, the majority occurs after explosions and blasts.
Men. About 59 percent of brain damage victims are men. Researchers believe that this is because some men engage in riskier activities than women, and teenaged males have an underdeveloped ability to assess risk.
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