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Preventing Brain Injury

Even though the brain is well protected, it may be injured. Every injury is different. Most injuries are a result of bruising, bleeding, twisting, or tearing of brain tissue. Damage to the brain may occur at the time of injury. It may also develop after the injury due to swelling or further bleeding. While most of these injuries occur among children, adolescents, young adults, and people over the age of 75, males who are 14 to 24 years old are at the greatest risk.

Use seatbelts.

Everyone in a vehicle should wear seat belt. Children under 12 should always sit in the back seat. Infants, toddlers and children - according to their weight - should use child safety seats or booster seats.

Wear a helmets.

Helmets should be worn in all action sports like, biking, skiing/snowboarding, skate boarding, roller blading, etc.. It is also important that they fit properly.

As you get older, exercise.

Studies have shown as you get older if you exercise and keep your muscles tone, you are less likely to lose your balance and fall.

Avoid falls.

Use common sense. Do not climb a ladder while intoxicated. Use a stepstool instead of a chair, install handrails. Use safety gates on stairs, install window guards to keep children from falling. Unnecessary risks lead to accidents.