With the Winter Olympics on the horizon, many of us will be privy to some amazing athletic feats. But, a downside of this popular event includes the head injuries that have been known to come with the territory.
In the past, American Jackie Hernandez slid unconscious against the snow after hitting her head during a snowboard cross event. British halfpipe skier Rowan Cheshire suffered a concussion during a training session. Czech snowboarder Sarka Pancochova cracked her helmet during a fall during the slopestyle final. And at 20 years old, American snowboarder Trevor Jacob had already suffered at least 25 concussions.
While the majority of us don’t live the dare-devil lives of many of these athletes, we’re all at risk for head injuries with everyday activities. Brain injuries don’t discriminate and can occur anytime, anywhere…with anyone.
With a little planning, however, brain injuries can be prevented. And, it doesn’t take epic – or Olympian – effort:
- Wear your seatbelt every time you’re in a car.
- Buckle your child in the right safety seat, booster or seat belt based upon your child’s age and weight.
- Never drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- Shut your cell phone off while in the car. Don’t talk. Don’t text.
- Wear a helmet. And, make sure your children wear helmets with appropriate activities.
- For older adults, remove tripping hazards like throw rugs or clutter in in the home. Use non-slip mats in the bathroom and grab bars near the shower or toilet. Install handrails on all stairs. Improve lighting throughout the house.