Unlike most neurological disorders, head injuries can be prevented. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have issued the following safety tips for reducing the risk of suffering a TBI.
- Wear a seatbelt every time you drive or ride in a car.
- Buckle your child into a child safety seat, booster seat, or seatbelt (depending on the child’s age) every time the child rides in a car.
- Wear a helmet and make sure your children wear helmets when
- riding a bike or motorcycle;
- playing a contact sport such as football or ice hockey;
- using in-line skates or riding a skateboard;
- batting and running bases in baseball or softball;
- riding a horse;
- skiing or snowboarding.
- Keep firearms and bullets stored in a locked cabinet when not in use.
- Avoid falls by
- using a step-stool with a grab bar to reach objects on high shelves;
- installing handrails on stairways;
- installing window guards to keep young children from falling out of open windows;
- using safety gates at the top and bottom of stairs when young children are around.
- Make sure the surface on your child’s playground is made of shock-absorbing material (e.g., hardwood mulch, sand).
Certain precautions, such as wearing a helmet when riding a bicycle or motorcycle and wearing a seatbelt when driving or riding in a car, greatly reduce the risk of TBI.