June has been declared Brain Injury Awareness Month. Saskatchewan Brain Injury Association Executive Director Glenda James says brain injuries can occur in many ways.
“A fall is the leading cause…and motor vehicle accidents, people are out travelling so that tends to cause an increase. Graduations and parties tend to cause an increase” James said.
More than 1-million Canadians are living with a brain injury, and that number increases daily and James says it’s becoming an epidemic.
“Brain injury is the number one cause of disability and death in young people, and that includes all the way up to age 44, and it means a lifetime of care and consequences.” She emphasized.
James notes that some athletes are suffering brain injuries from many different sports.