With the warm beautiful days of summer on the horizon we are more than eager to get back to cycling, playing in the park, skateboarding and rollerblading among many other favorite summer activities. This is also one of the peak times of the year for traumatic brain injury. June is National Brain Injury Awareness Month.
Brain injury is the number one killer and disabler for people under age 44 in Canada. With 30% of traumatic brain injuries being sustained by children or youth while participating in sports or recreational activities.
There has been much medical advancement over the years, meaning more injuries are now survivable. MRI and CT scans help doctors diagnose and guide treatment.
Prevention is simple and the best defence against brain injury. By wearing a bike helmet you can reduce your risk of brain injury by 85%.
Enjoy your favorite activities this summer and be sure to remember to take your protective gear along with you!
Source: Best Doctors Spring 2014