Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Brain Injury Awareness Month

From the BIAA website:

Brain Injury Awareness Month 2009

Did you know March is Brain Injury Awareness Month? It is and each March the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) and the BIA chartered state affiliates throughout the United States partner together with other organizations, businesses, schools, survivors and their families and others to generate awareness and understanding of brain injury. This year’s focus is dedicated to Sports & Concussions, specifically youth sports.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) an estimated 1.6-3.8 million sports and recreation related concussions occur in the U.S. each year. Concussions occur even if an athlete doesn’t lose consciousness and in fact, is the most common type of brain injury sustained in sports.

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI) caused by a blow or jolt to the head. The severity of an injury can range from mild to severe. Signs and symptoms may be noticeable immediately, or it may take days or weeks before they are present.

This PDF from lists the March events in the U.S. and provides a link to the International Brain Awareness Week (BAW) Campaign (March 16-22) organized by the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives.

Of course, the Society for Neuroscience is another excellent source of information on BAW. And who can resist a bowl of 50 brain erasers?

From Neuro-Mart.

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