Traumatic brain injury (TBI), a form of brain injury, occurs when a sudden trauma causes damage to the brain. Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) can happen to anyone. According the book,” Head and Brain Injuries “by ElaineLandau,each year 80,000 Americans experience ongoing physical and mental disabilities as a result of their injuries. One extreme case of (TBI) was in October, 1999. A high school linebacker Joseph Barajas died after being hospitalized with a traumatic brain injury. He collapsed on the sidelines after a collision with another player.
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Although not all cases are severe they are still very dangerous. Symptoms of a mild TBI include: Fatigue, Headaches, Memory loss, Poor attention/concentration, Sleep disturbances, Dizziness/loss of balance, and Seizures. Symptoms may be subtle and not noticed for several weeks which make this condition hard to diagnose.
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Lastly, because TBI cannot be cured, prevention is always possible. A few simple warnings to avoid a TBI are to wear a seat belt, wear a helmet when on a bike, use rails on stairways, sit on sturdy stools, and never drive under the influence.
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