You have the power to prevent TBI. Learn how.
The military community is active — you’re on the go and you like to move fast. You tune up your motorcycles and bicycles and take to the open road. You’re good at sports, run fast, work hard and play hard. While others are rounding second, you’re scoring a home run. Service members, veterans, military spouses and kids — you’re a powerful force.
And the best of the best are both powerful and smart.
Knowing what can cause brain injuries and being smart about how to avoid them in your day-to-day activities will help you prevent TBI. The most common causes of TBI — such as motor vehicle crashes and falls — are preventable.
Check your head before you get out and go — and whatever you do, think about safety and prevention.
- Blasts are the No. 1 cause of military TBI.
- Motor vehicle collisions — crashes on motorcycles or in cars — account for the majority of TBIs in the military. Most of these injuries are preventable.
Here are ways you can protect your head and prevent TBI:
Wear a helmet (and make sure your children wear helmets) when you:
- Ride a bike, motorcycle, snowmobile, scooter or all-terrain vehicle
- Participate in a contact sport, such as football, ice hockey or boxing
- Use in-line skates or a skateboard
- Play baseball, softball, football or lacrosse
- Ride a horse
- Ski or snowboard
- Zip line, rock climb, bungee jump, hang glide or participate in any other activity that involves heights
For information on how to properly fit a bicycle helmet, check out these tips from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Wear a seat belt...
every time you drive or ride in a car, truck or other motor vehicle. Small children should always sit in the back seats of cars, away from airbags, and use safety seats or booster seats appropriate for their size and weight (according to state laws).
Never drive while vision-impaired or under the influence...
of alcohol or drugs, including prescription medications.
Prevent falls by:
- Clearing tripping hazards such as loose rugs, uneven flooring or walkway clutter
- Using nonslip mats in the bathtub and on shower floors, and installing grab bars next to the toilet, tub and shower
- Installing handrails on both sides of stairways
- Improving lighting throughout the home
- Exercising according to your doctor’s instructions to improve lower-body strength and balance
Make living areas safer for children by:
- Using safety gates at the top and bottom of stairs
- Installing window guards at open windows
- Making sure that your child’s playground is made of shock-absorbing material, such as hardwood mulch or sand
- Supervising children carefully, especially when they’re near water