Fact of the Day

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month.
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Brain Injury Fact of the Day

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Sustaining a brain injury makes you at greater risk of having an additional brain injury. Once an individual has one brain injury, he or she is at greater risk of having a second brain injury. This risk increases with each additional brain injury, regardless of the cause.  Prevention is the only cure for brain injury. Wear an approved helmet when horseback riding recreationally or working on the farm.

In 2018, horseback riding was among the sports/recreational activities that contributed to the highest number of estimated head injuries treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms, accounting for 6,141 head injuries. Learn more.

Farmers who sustain a brain injury while horseback riding may attend educational programs through the Missouri Beginning Farmer and Rancher Program. Learn more. 

While head injuries comprise about 18 percent of all horseback riding injuries. They are the number one reason for hospital admission. A 2007 study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that horseback riding resulted in 11.7 percent of all traumatic brain injuries in recreational sports from 2001 to 2005, the highest of any athletic activity. Of the estimated 14,446 horseback-related head injuries treated in 2009, 3,798 were serious enough to require hospitalization. Learn more.

You should only buy an approved horseback riding helmet that is ASTM/SEI certified. The testing required for the ASTM/SEI certification verifies that the helmet provides adequate protection for horseback riding. Learn more. 

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In Missouri, an estimated 118,000 individuals are living with a long-term disability due to brain injury. This can include physical, visual, mental or comprehension disabilities. Employment, transportation, rehabilitation, and recreational services provide survivors an opportunity to live a quality life with brain injury.

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a major cause of death and disability in the United States. From 2006 to 2014, the number of TBI-related emergency department visits, hospitalizations, and deaths increased by 53 percent. In 2014, an average of 155 people in the United States died each day from injuries that include a TBI. Learn more.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services asked survivors of brain injury and family members about health conditions prior to and post-brain injury. The Needs Assessment 2017 survey showed a two- to three-fold increase in health conditions that impact life following brain injury. For example, 24 percent of individuals reported health issues related to depression before sustaining a brain injury. This number jumped to 66 percent of survivor’s post-injury. Chronic pain jumped from 12 percent of individuals to 54 percent. Learn more.  

Understanding brain injury is an important aspect of adjusting to new abilities as a “new you” with brain injury. Support, education, recreation, and advocacy are available through the Brain Injury Association of Missouri. Organization services include Support Groups, Information & Referral Services, Survivor and Family Seminars, Annual Professional Conference and the Donald Danforth Jr. Wilderness Camp. Learn more.

The Missouri AgrAbility Project explores opportunities with individuals with disabilities who want to return to or begin a farming based on an individual’s abilities. Learn more.

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The Traumatic Brain Injury Center of Excellence (formerly Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center) reported nearly 414,000 traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) among U.S. Service Members worldwide between 2000 and late 2019. In the 2011-2015 period, 24.1 percent of the Veteran population 18 years and older lived in areas designated as rural.

More than 185,000 Veterans who use the Veterans Administration (VA) for their health care have been diagnosed with at least one (traumatic brain injury) TBI. The majority of those TBIs were classified as mild. Learn more.

Almost 27 percent of Rural Veterans reported having one or more disabilities. These disabilities may impact work and life. Missouri AgrAbility may be a resource for Veterans with disabilities who are interested in farming, ranching, or agribusiness. Learn more.

About 5 million Veterans lived in areas designated as rural from 2011 to 2015 according to the U.S. Census Bureau. In general, individuals living in rural areas differ from their urban counterparts in terms of demographic characteristics, social ties, culture, and access to infrastructure and institutional support. Learn more.

Rural life and farming appeal to many Veterans. The Missouri Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Program can help Veterans explore employment options. Learn more.

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March 9 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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March 9 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Kansas City MO
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March 11 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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