With a number of our posts, we describe how brain injuries can occur and how they can be prevented. In car accidents, airbags can keep people from head trauma that can occur by hitting a dashboard, steering wheel, or even a window. With sports, new equipment can disburse the impact of a blow to the head, and updated concussion protocols can reduce the chances of a player being severely injured after suffering a concussion. Also, hours of service rules can reduce the likelihood of a crash caused by a drowsy trucker.
While these things can be beneficial in preventing brain injuries, they still occur. And when they do, we have to remember that a human being still needs to be cared for, even if he or she cannot function they way that they once used to. Moreover, research still needs to be done so that those who suffer from severe brain injuries can find ways to heal and regain some of the life that was taken from them.
These are a few of the goals of the Brain Injury Association of America. Through continued advocacy and awareness, the group hopes to give those who are disabled through brain injuries a voice in policy decisions and hope for those who cannot help themselves.
With regard to advocacy, next month is Brain Injury Awareness month. Specifically, Brain Injury Awareness Day is scheduled for March 18. This year's theme is entitled "Not Alone" and is inspired to educate the public about the prevalence of brain injuries and the needs of those who are injured as well as their families.