Brain Injury Statistics
Each year, 1.7 million people are impacted by a traumatic brain injury. Source: (Centers for Disease Control)
Common causes are car accidents, sports, workplace injuries, and slip and falls. Not all blows or jolts to the head result in TBI, but some result in death or permanent disability. Brain injury statistics show the extent of the problem.
- TBI contributes to a third (30.5%) of all injury-related deaths in the United States.
- Children, teenagers, and seniors are most likely to sustain a TBI.
- Almost half a million children ages 0-14 years visit an emergency room each year for an injury that involves brain trauma.
- Adults aged 75 years and older have the highest rates of TBI-related hospitalization and death.
- In every age group, TBI rates are higher for males than for females.
University of Utah Health Care reports:
- About 3.5 million people ages 14 and younger get hurt annually in sports and recreation.
- The leading cause of death from a sports-related injury is a brain injury.
- Most head injuries sustained in sports or recreational activities occur during bicycling accidents, skateboarding falls, or skating incidents.
From the Utah Department of Health:
- The leading causes of TBI hospitalizations and deaths in Utah are falls (33.6%), motor vehicle traffic crashes (18.3%), and self-harm (11.5%).
- Approximately 31.6% of Utah residents hospitalized or have died of TBI have alcohol, drugs, or medications in their bodies at the time of their injury.