Brain Injury AwarenessYou might not know it, but March is the National Brain Injury Awareness Month. Created to shine a spotlight on injuries that can’t typically be spotted by the naked eye, National Brain Injury Awareness Month helps us better understand how brain injuries happen – and how they affect those who sustain them. Indeed, most people suffering from traumatic brain injury, or TBI, look completely healthy. Daily life, however, can change dramatically for those with brain injuries.

There are three kinds of brain injuries: mild, moderate and severe. All three can result in major personality changes, changes in energy levels and sleep patterns. More dramatic effects include increased risk for Alzheimer’s disease. Tragically, traumatic brain injury is the leading cause of death for people ages one through 44.

Brain injuries can occur through a variety of ways. Student athletes are especially at risk if they play sports like football or soccer, which require the physical use of the head to play. Military servicemen and women are often at risk of brain injuries while in combat zones. In fact, post-traumatic stress disorder can coincide with TBI, causing a host of problems for veterans. Car accidents are also a common cause of brain injuries.

Brain injuries are more common than one might think, with 52,000 brain injury related deaths occurring each year. Sources estimate that there are about 5.2 million Americans living with TBI disabilities today. There are countless others who bump their heads and never seek out medical treatment