TBI Facts

TBI Facts

Brain Injury Awareness Month

TBI Facts

  • TBI is a major cause of death and disability within the United States.
  • It's estimated that 1.7 million people sustain a TBI annually. Of those diagnosed, approximately 50,000 die, 282,000 are hospitalized and 2.5 million are treated and released from an emergency department.
  • The majority of service members and veterans experience TBI in a non-deployed setting.
  • Eighty percent of TBIs are mild in severity, commonly called concussion. Concussions are the most common form of brain injury for U.S. Armed Forces personnel.
  • Multiple concussions in a short timeframe may increase the chances of more symptoms and long-term effects.
  • Males have higher rates of TBI compared to women.
  • Young children and older adults are at highest risk for sustaining fall-related TBIs.
  • Unit readiness relies on early detection and timely treatment of brain injuries.
  • Continued brain research will lead to improving the health and safety of service members and veterans.
  • Adolescents and young adults (15 to 24 years) have the highest rates of motor vehicle-related TBIs.
  • Adults 75 years or older have the highest rates of TBI-related hospitalizations and are more likely to die from TBI.

 

CNRM is the USU-NIH Military TBI Research Group

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