What is a Traumatic Brain Injury?
A traumatic brain injury, or TBI, is an injury that affects how the brain works. TBI is a major cause of death and disability in the United States. Anyone can experience a TBI, but data suggest that some groups are at greater risk for getting a TBI or having worse health outcomes after the injury.
Leading Causes of TBIs in New Jersey
- Motor Vehicle Crashes
- Self-inflicted injuries
How Can You Prevent a TBI?
- Wear a seat belt
- Don't drive under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or when you are tired
- Don't use a cell phone when driving
- Ensure children are in the correct car seat for their age
- Wear a helmet when:
- Playing contact sports like football, ice hockey, lacrosse, or boxing
- Using skates or a skateboard
- Batting during baseball or softball
- Riding a horse
- Skiing or snowboarding
Older Adult Safety
- Use a handrail when climbing stairs
- Improve lighting throughout your home
- Use a non-slip mat in the bathroom
- Make your home safer by installing window guards and safety gates around stairs
- Use playgrounds with shock absorbing mats
- Supervise on stairs and on playgrounds
- Always use car seats
- Keep guns unloaded and locked up
- Educate on the dangers of guns
- Suicide prevention: Watch for warning signs and seek professional help, if needed.