Brain may not fully heal after injury

Friday , March 28, 2014 - 1:04 PM

Contributed, George Gehling


March is Brain Injury Awareness Month, when millions across the country unite to be heard about the consequences of brain injury.

Brain injury is receiving attention lately due to the heartbreaking news from the NFL. But, this represents only the tip of the iceberg. In Utah, over 50,000 people live with the challenges of traumatic brain injury. Each year 20,000 Utahns are treated in emergency rooms, 2,000 more are hospitalized and 500 die. Hospital charges alone exceed $85 million.

Think about it. The brain is what life is all about. Everything we do is courtesy of our brain. And, unlike a broken arm, the brain frequently does not fully heal after traumatic injury.

Prevention is critical to reducing the frequency of brain injury. Take action to reduce the risk of brain injury. Wear a helmet participating in sports and recreation activities. Teach your children to do the same. Helmets aren’t foolproof, but they dramatically improve the odds. Use seatbelts and kids’ safety seats. Don’t text or use cell phones while driving. Keep your home free of fall hazards. Brain injury can happen anywhere, to anyone, at any time.

George Gehling

Executive director

Brian Injury Alliance of Utah


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