Tuesday, June 19, 2007

How to Prevent Brain Injury

Brain injuries are serious injuries caused when the head violently hits an object or objects or projectiles hit the head with such force. Brain injuries could be minor or severe depending on the severity of the damage or the extent of blow to the head. Serious brain or head injuries can lead to permanent brain damage, paralysis or even death.

Millions of people sustain head and brain injuries every year, from car accidents, slip and fall accidents and even while just playing rough sports. Accidents do happen that result in our heads getting bumped or bruised. Our thick skulls prevent the occurrence of severe brain or head injury. However, you know your head injury is worse if repeated vomiting or nausea occurs, or if you have problems in waking up, if your speech is affected, if you have lost your hand eye coordination or you get easily confused or agitated.

There are simple things that you can do in order to minimize the risk of having head or brain injury. While driving, you should always wear your seatbelt. If you are swimming or diving, check first the depth of the water. Also check for objects floating around that could cause you to sustain head injury. If you are biking, wear your helmet. Most importantly, if you consumed alcohol, do not drive or engage in any physical activity. Alcohol tends to slow your reaction and diminishes your perception.

Remember the above simple reminders and you will be assured that your risk of having brain injuries will be greatly minimized.