Brain Injury Awareness  

March 13, 2013

March is brain injury awareness month. Brain Injury can happen at any time and anywhere to anyone. In a blink of an eye, one’s life can change drastically. It is estimated that more than 300,000 people in Nebraska have suffered a brain injury including concussions and more than 36,527 individuals live with a disability caused by a traumatic brain injury.

An Acquired Brain Injury is an injury to the brain, which is not hereditary, congenital, or degenerative and has occurred after birth. This can includes anoxia, aneurysms, infections to the brain and stroke.

A traumatic brain injury is classified as being mild, moderate or severe. The majority of Traumatic Brain Injuries that occur are considered mild. Mild traumatic brain injuries are also known as concussions. On July 1, 2012, the Concussion Awareness Act became law in Nebraska. This law addressed how organizations involved with youth sports address concerns related to concussions.

Symptoms of a concussion typically fall into one of four categories

Thinking/Remembering  Physical Emotional/Mood Sleep
Difficulty thinking clearly
Headache
Fuzzy or blurry vision
Irritability
Sleeping more than usual
Feeling slowed down
Nausea or vomiting
(early on)
Dizziness
Sadness
Sleep less than usual
Difficulty concentrating
Sensitivity to noise or light
Balance problems
More emotional
Trouble falling asleep
Difficulty remembering new information
Feeling tired
Having no energy
Nervousness or anxiety
 

Some of these symptoms may appear immediately after the injury, while others may take days or months to be noticed. The signs and symptoms of a concussion or a mild TBI can be difficult to identify early on. While the individual may look fine, they may act and/or feel differently and not know why.

Where can you find additional information?

www.biane.org

www.cdc.gov/concussion/signs_symptoms.html

http://dhhs.ne.gov/publichealth/concussion/Pages/Home.aspx