Brain Injury Awareness Month: Strategies for Prevention and Support

Mynor Salazar | | Personal Injury
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March is Brain Injury Awareness Month, an important time dedicated to increasing public understanding and support for the millions impacted by brain injuries. What can we do to prevent these injuries, support affected individuals, and create a society that’s better informed about brain injury risks and consequences?

This article will walk you through preventative measures, support networks, and the Brain Injury Association of America’s (BIAA)’s vital role in this annual observance.

Understanding Brain Injury Awareness Month

Brain Injury Awareness Month shines as a beacon of hope and education, connecting with service members, veterans, family members, and healthcare professionals. Its mission is to:

  • Enlighten people about brain injuries, their consequences, and methods of prevention
  • Promote awareness through the Provide storytelling toolkits to inspire individuals to share their personal experiences

The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) is spearheading this initiative.

The “My Brain Injury Journey” campaign significantly contributes to this awareness initiative. They encourage individuals and service members to use social media as a platform to share their personal traumatic brain injury tales, thereby raising greater awareness.

Throughout the month, the BIAA hosts various events, including webinars that explore topics like health literacy, care disparities, and treating brain injuries as chronic conditions.

The essence of Brain Injury Awareness Month lies not only in the efforts to spread awareness but also involved in fostering an empathetic and informed community, aiming to raise awareness about various types of brain injuries.

So, whether it’s a head injury, stroke, or concussion you’re dealing with, knowing that you’re not alone can be incredibly empowering.

Impact of TBI Injuries

Incidence of Traumatic Brain Injury in the United States

Traumatic brain injuries are a worldwide issue, with millions affected. According to the National Library of Medicine, there were approximately 27.16 million new cases and 48.99 million existing cases globally. In the U.S., a brain injury happens every 9 seconds, resulting in at least one death and 2.8 million new traumatic brain injuries each year.


With 5.3 million adults and children in the U.S. living with disabilities due to brain injuries, the long-term effects of these injuries are profound. These can manifest as:

  • Memory loss
  • Impaired reasoning
  • Problem-solving difficulties
  • Changes in sensory processing
  • Changes in physical capabilities

Quick action is essential when symptoms like headaches, confusion, dizziness, or nausea appear after a traumatic brain injury, as conditions such as concussions may present immediate symptoms with the potential for delayed symptoms to emerge.

A diverse team approach, incorporating specialists from the following fields, is often necessary for the treatment of traumatic brain injuries:

  • Physical medicine
  • Rehabilitation psychology
  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Speech therapy
  • Social work

While traumatic brain injury rates are dropping globally, socio-demographic differences still impact how common these injuries are in different places and access to healthcare.

Acquired Brain Injury: Causes and Prevention

Acquired brain injuries occur post-birth and are not attributed to genetics, birth trauma, degeneration, or congenital conditions. These injuries can be caused by various factors such as accidents, infections, or strokes. They can be categorized as traumatic or non-traumatic.

Traumatic brain injuries typically arise from an external force resulting in trauma. Some common causes of these injuries include:

  • Slip and Falls
  • Road injuries
  • Conflict and war

On the other hand, non-traumatic brain injuries can result from internal events like strokes and infections or exposure to toxins or certain drugs.

Avoiding non-traumatic brain injuries involves managing health conditions like hypertension to prevent strokes, getting vaccinations to prevent infections, and avoiding exposure to brain-harming toxins and substances.

Reducing Risk: Practical Tips for Brain Injury Prevention

Mitigating the risk of brain injuries is a simple task. It often boils down to simple, everyday life choices like using seat belts, refraining from impaired driving, and educating children about the importance of safety.

Helmet safety in sports and removing trip hazards at home are two vital areas that can help significantly reduce the risk of brain injuries, especially among older adults.

Helmet Safety and Sports Participation

Whether tearing down a ski slope, riding a motorcycle, or participating in contact sports, wearing appropriate headgear is a non-negotiable safety measure. It not only prevents head injuries and concussions but also shields your brain from potential damage.

For optimal protection, a helmet should be worn correctly. Here are some guidelines to follow to wear helmets well:

  • It should sit level on the head and low on the forehead.
  • The straps should form a ‘V’ when buckled under the ears.
  • The straps should be snug but comfortable, especially when the mouth is wide open.

Helmet Safety and Sports Participation

By following these guidelines, you can ensure that your helmet provides the best possible protection.

But not all helmets are created equal. Always ensure that your helmet meets the safety standards appropriate for the specific sport or activity. Look for relevant certifications to ensure the helmet provides reliable head protection.

Fall Prevention for Older Adults

Falls are the leading cause of traumatic brain injuries worldwide, underscoring the importance of fall prevention, particularly in older adults. Strategies to prevent falls encompass:

  • Exercise to enhance balance and coordination
  • Hazard-proofing homes
  • Reviewing medications
  • Wearing suitable footwear

Fall Prevention for Older Adults

Healthcare providers hold a significant role in preventing falls. They can recommend assistive devices, conduct regular eye exams and check-ups, and discuss specific fall prevention measures with older adults.

Brain Injury Awareness Month is a timely cue of the importance of fall prevention to avoid brain injuries in children and older people. Educating and rallying community support can collectively mitigate the risk of these potentially life-altering incidents.

Supporting Individuals with Brain Injuries

Senior woman on wheelchair with caregiver help support wall

Providing support for individuals with brain injuries extends beyond medical treatment. Financial support for long-term care can be a lifeline for many with acquired brain injury.

Emotional support is equally important. Support groups offer a break for families and caregivers, a crucial resource for relieving caregiver burnout. Comprehensive information about brain injuries, their treatment, diagnosis, and available support can be accessed through the BIAA’s website and helpline.

In addition, the BIAA provides individuals with advocacy tools like the Policy Corner newsletter and letter-writing campaigns. These empower individuals to contribute to policy changes for brain injury support, making them active participants in the cause.

Participating in Brain Injury Awareness Month Events

There are numerous ways to participate in Brain Injury Awareness Month events. Sharing personal brain injury stories can empower survivors, reduce stigma, and foster greater understanding. The BIAA’s #MyBrainInjuryJourney campaign encourages using specific social media hashtags to amplify these personal narratives.

Throughout March, Brain Injury Awareness Month, the BIAA and its affiliates sponsor numerous virtual and in-person events. These events aim to educate the public about traumatic brain injury, spreading awareness and encouraging support.

Advocacy initiatives, like letter-writing campaigns, are also predominant during Brain Injury Awareness Month. These initiatives support legislation such as reauthorizing the Traumatic Brain Injury Act, enabling individuals to contribute to meaningful policy changes.

Uniting for Brain Injury Prevention and Support Advocacy

From understanding the significance of Brain Injury Awareness Month to exploring research on the impact of traumatic brain injuries, we’ve delved into the multifaceted world of brain injuries. We’ve uncovered strategies for prevention, critical tips for risk reduction, the importance of support, and how participation in awareness events can make a difference.

With Brain Injury Awareness Month, it’s crucial to remember the impact of our actions. Whether sharing experiences, promoting helmet use, or advocating for change, every effort matters. Let’s persist in raising awareness, supporting survivors, and prioritizing prevention. Each step is a stride towards a safer, more informed community. 

At Recovery Law Center, we offer support and legal guidance to those affected. Together, we can shape a future where brain injuries are minimized.

Glenn T. Honda

For over 29 years, attorney Glenn Honda has helped people injured in accidents throughout Hawaii get the best outcome for their case, whether it’s maximizing their settlement, or balancing costs and risks vs. putting the whole experience behind them. As the founding attorney of the Recovery Law Center, he is passionate about helping his clients with their physical, emotional and financial recovery. Mr. Honda will fight to get you coverage for your medical bills, lost wages, damaged property and other costs related to your accident.

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