Traumatic Brain Injury Health Center
The most important thing anyone can do regarding traumatic brain injury is to aim for prevention.
Regarding motor vehicles:
- Always wear a safety belt when in a car
- Always wear a helmet when on a motorcycle or scooter
- Never, ever drive or get in a car with someone under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Don't text and drive or use a cell phone unless it's an emergency. Safely pull over to the side of the road if you need to use a phone or answer a message. Use hands free technology to take phone calls while driving.
- Obey all traffic laws. Don't be a jerk on the road! You'll save lives!
Regarding sports and youth:
- Always wear a helmet when riding a bicycle, skateboard, or skates
- Try to take advantage of the most advanced protective gear. Wear helmets in sports that have them available
The CDC offers the following advice to help prevent falls among the elderly:
- A strong body is the best defense against falls. Try to exercise regularly.
- keep the stairs clear from things that might cause tripping.
- remove unneccesary throw rugs, or use tape/grip to keep them from sliding
- avoid having to use a step stool to reach items. If shelves are too high, consider using other shelving
- have grab bars installed in the shower, tub, and near the toilet
- have grip mats installed in the shower or tub
- use high watt bulbs to improve lighting
- wear good shoes that provide adequate support