There are many activities that present a heightened risk of traumatic brain injuries, according to the New York State Department of Health. For example, if you are involved in team sports, ride a bicycle or operate a motor vehicle, you should be aware of the traumatic brain injury risk and do everything you can to prevent a TBI. In Huntington, and throughout the state of West Virginia, TBIs can lead to a variety of problems that make life difficult, from depression and memory issues to medical costs and depersonalization.

When it comes to the prevention of traumatic brain injuries, there are a number of pointers that you should keep in mind. If you (or your children) play a team sport such as soccer or football, wearing the proper protective gear and recognizing the signs of a concussion is essential. If you ride a bicycle or skateboard, you should wear a helmet at all times and be vigilant on the road. When driving, you can reduce the risk of a traumatic brain injury by always wearing your seat belt and asking any passengers who are riding in the back to wear their seat belts as well. If you have a toddler or infant, ensure that you are following all car seat guidelines.

From construction sites to playgrounds and at home, falling is a major cause of TBIs for people of all ages. When taking care of children, watch them closely whenever they are near stairs or participating in a potentially dangerous activity. If you are elderly, you should keep an eye out for any objects that you could trip on and may want to consider installing handrails on stairways and in bathrooms.

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