March is Brain Injury Awareness Month

"It's all fun and games until someone gets hurt!" I've heard this a few million times in my life. There is a certain amount of risk with any activity and most of us understand that idea. What many people do not understand is the importance of basic precautions to serious injuries.

It isn't the "cool" thing to wear a bicycle helmet. After all, there are scores of people who will tell you, "I didn't wear a helmet when I was a kid and I survived."

Plausible: appearing worthy of belief & Deniability: the ability to deny something especially on the basis of being officially uninformed

What does this have to do with Brain Injury, helmets, & YOU?

It's possible you didn't know, so you cannot be held responsible. The adults responsible for your survival during the time before we learned of the major consequences of Brain Injury is an example of "plausible deniability." However, in this day and age, with the information available, this is not an excuse for reckless disregard to the very real consequences of TBI. TBI isn't a legal battle, it's a medical condition. Arguing your point after the injury, doesn't change the consequences of the injury.

Here are some facts:

  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a major cause of death and disability in the United States, contributing to about 30% of all injury deaths. (

  • Leading Causes of TBI:

  • Falls 40.5%

  • Unknown 19%

  • Motor Vehicle Accidents 14.3%

  • Stuck by/Against an Object 15.5%

  • Assault 10.7%

WHO does TBI affect and how?

  • Men will die from a TBI more often than women

  • Children die most often from TBI resulting from motor vehicle accidents.

  • Assaults are the leading cause of TBI deaths in children ages 0-4.

  • Children are most often taken to the ER, while older adults (age 65+) are most often hospitalized.

Sports and TBI

Anyone who has seen the news in the last few years can take at least one guess about which sports cause Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) First on most people's lists is football. However, any sport or recreational activity can cause brain injury. This is the argument many people have about taking safety precautions, usually asking in a defensive tone,"What am I supposed to do walk around in a bubble?" Not really. Just use common sense and the tools provided to keep you safe.

More information about TBI and sports can be found at the CDC's website "Head's Up" campaign.


JCDC sponsors a monthly support group for individuals who have survived Brain Injury and individuals who support them.

We have a Facebook page:

Meetings are the Last Tuesday of each month from 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

JCDC's Parkersburg Office

709 Division St.

Parkersburg, WV 26101 Contact Sara Rose for more information: