Brain Injury Statistics
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- 1.7 million people sustain a TBI every year; of those, 52,000 die, 275,000 are hospitalized and 1, 365,000 are treated and released from an emergency department.
- TBI is the leading cause of death and disability among children and young adults.
- Leading causes of TBI are: falls (28 percent); motor vehicle accidents (20 percent; struck by/against events (19 percent), and assaults (11 percent).
- Males are 1.5 times as likely as females to sustain a TBI.
- Age groups with the highest risks for TBI are 0 to 4 year-olds and 15 to 19 year- olds.
- Approximately 475,000 TBIs occur annually among children aged 0 to 14.
- African Americans have the highest death rate from TBI.
- 5.3 million Americans currently live with disabilities resulting from traumatic head injury.
- Every 21 seconds someone in the United States sustains a TBI.
- More than 80,000 of the brain injuries sustain permanent, irreversible damage.
- Head injuries are the leading cause of death in young adults and children.
Sports-Related Head Injuries
- There are 300,000 sports-related concussions in the United States each year; most occur in contact sports, such as football, soccer, baseball, boxing and hockey.
- In football, brain injuries account for 65 to 85 percent of fatalities.
- Nearly 90 percent of all boxers have sustained some type of brain injury.
Head Injuries Related to Acts of Violence
- Assaults and violent acts are responsible for more than 10 percent of all reported head injuries in the nation.
- Shaken baby syndrome, firearms, lightening strikes and direct blows to the head are some of the most prevalent causes of these injuries.
Head Injuries by Age
- Children aged 0 to 4 years, older adolescents aged 15 to 19 years, and adults aged 65 years and older are most likely to sustain a TBI.
- Almost half a million emergency department visits for TBI are made annually by children aged 0 to 14 years.
- Adults aged 75 years and older have the highest rates of TBI-related hospitalization and death.