Protecting Yourself from Concussion Injuries

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Head injuries are surprisingly common; in fact, at least 1.7 million TBIs are reported every year—that’s nearly 200 incidents every hour. Below are a few guidelines to help you protect you and your family from TBIs.

Helmets should be worn for all sports activities and self-propelled vehicles. Different types of helmets are tested according to different criteria, so it is important to only use them for their appropriate activities. Helmets should be certified by the Snell Foundation and the Department of Transportation, if applicable. Car insurance statistics show that the average driver will file a claim for a collision about once every 17.9 years. A seat belt is one of the most simple and most effective ways to protect both children and adults inside the car—just make sure to have an appropriately rated car seat until your child is at least 4’9” tall. The safest place in the car for children in car seats is the middle back seat, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.

You can’t plan for every medical emergency, but you can plan ahead with the award-winning facilities at Good Samaritan Hospital. Our team of neurological experts has the experience and resources to provide specialized care from triage to rehabilitation. You can stay connected to healthcare providers throughout the San Jose area with our free iTriage app, or contact us at (408) 559-2011 to receive a referral from our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line.

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