What is TBI Sport Awareness?
TBI stands for Traumatic Brain Injury. According to the American Physical Therapy Association, approximately 1.7 million head injuries occur in the United States each year. TBI Winter Sport Awareness month exists because TBI is usually misdiagnosed. Misdiagnosed TBI can lead to severe medical complications or death.
Did you know? Approximately 52,000 people die every year due to TBI.
- A headache that worsens or does not go away within a reasonable amount of time
- Repeated vomiting or nausea
- Convulsions or seizures
- Inability to awaken from sleep
- Slurred speech
- Weakness or numbness in the arms and legs
- Dilated eye pupils
High ranking sports with TBI injuries:
- Over 3.3 million head injuries were reported in seven sports between 2000 and 2011.
- Skateboarding, snowboarding, and skiing contained the highest number of head and neck injuries.
- Mountain biking, and snowmobiling contained the lowest numbers.
- Approximately 30% of concussions in extreme sports occurred in snowboarding.
- Snow skiing was associated approximately 25% concussions.