Traumatic Head Injury



Traumatic head injury (THI) is also known as brain injury (TBI) and brain damage may happen in a numerous ways and situations such as sports related wounds and injuries (especially contact sports like martial arts, football, rugby) during the birth of a child, through child abuse and of course bad car accidents and this list can also include slip / fall accident injuries to name only a few.

In simple terms, THI / TBI is caused by lack of oxygen or concussion to the brain which may or may not include an actual impact / blow to the head

For example Anoxic brain injury happens when the brain is starved (deprived) of oxygen or the blood that does flow to the brain can’t provide enough supply. Loss of consciousness usually happens within 15 seconds and may become irreversible in cases lasting over four minutes this can happen

  • During child birth / delivery (sometimes known as “birth injury”)
  • Heart attach
  • “Choking out” during martial arts sparring (I.E. Judo and Ultimate fighting) and
  • Some cases of near- drowning / drowning

Other Kinds Of THI

Concussion to the head.

This is one of the most common kinds of tamatic brain injury that can result from the whiplash kind motion but is generally caused by an impact to the head from being struck by an object or as an additional injury from:

  • a car / truck accident
  • even banging your head on a open kitchen cupboard when standing up
  • physical and child abuse (which can in some cases also cause a brain stem injury)

Traumatic Head Injury / Brain Injury Long-Term Effects
These kinds of brain injuries are put into three categories termed according to their diagnosed severity

    • Mild,
    • Moderate, and
    • Severe. 

Unfortunately, over 75% of people who suffer severe head injury don’t recover back to their “old selves” while the people with a moderate THI / TBI have over a 50% chance of full recovery and most of those who suffer a mild THI / TBI over a short period of time.

Some of the signs of THI / TBI may be:

  • Short-term memory (forgetting simple things or events)
  • Processing thoughts and situation (slower than usual)
  • Forgetfulness
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Sleep disturbance (not your usual sleep cycle)
  • Dizziness (feeling lightheaded)
  • Seizures
  • Diminished sense of smell or taste
If you think you have or may have a traumatic head injury seek professional medical help as soon as possible.

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