Prevention is the best cure.
Brain injury can be prevented.
Many of the brain
injuries that occur annually in this country can
be prevented. Each year 140,000 persons die from
brain injuries and 70,000 persons sustain severe
A brain injury is
an insult to the brain caused by an external
force, which may impair cognitive, physical,
behavioral, and emotional functions.
rehabilitation is a long process that is
measured in years rather than months. Many
persons with severe brain injuries face a wide
range of lifelong problems. These problems, in
turn, can dramatically affect an individual's
ability to live independently, care for a
family, and work.
The true extent of
brain injury is conveyed by numbers. Lives,
hopes, dreams, families, and friendships are
often altered in the wake of a brain injury.
Research, rehabilitation, public awareness, and
PREVENTION can help to lessen the occurrence to
brain injuries in our society.
Be Smart. Be Well..
The Brain Injury
Association of Illinois worked closely with Blue
Cross Blue Shield of Illinois in the development
of a new wellness website. The inaugural topic
was "Brain Injury Prevention". We are very
grateful to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois
for inviting us to partner with them in
providing this important information on
prevention and awareness of brain injury not
only within the state of Illinois but throughout
the nation. The information on brain injury
prevention can be found in the archive section
on the home page and will remain available
online as new topics are introduced. We
encourage brain injury providers and
professionals to add this resource to their
websites and to use the information that is made
available on the site. If you are interested in
adding this site to yours, please let me know
and I will forward the information and graphic
to you. Please take note that two board members
appear in this video. Dr. Nelson Escobar of
Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital and Dr. James
Young of Rush University Medical Center. Amy
Davis generously contributed her story and
insights to the website. Many of you will
recognize Amy from her presentation at our 2004
Educational Conference and participation in our
2005 Fashion Show. You'll recognize other Brain
Injury Association of Illinois members in this
video project! Thank you to all who generously
contributed their time and story to this
Be Smart. Be Well.
is a health and wellness website designed to
raise awareness of prevalent, yet largely
preventable health and safety issues. Through
interviews with medical professionals, and video
documentaries with individuals whose lives have
been changed, Be Smart. Be Well seeks to engage
and motivate people to make smart and healthy
choices. The first featured topic was
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Be Smart. Be Well.
will be updated periodically with new topics,
and all prior topics, including TBI, will always
http://www.besmartbewell.com today, where
awareness and prevention meet.
Brain Injury Facts for Parents, Coaches and
According to the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
an estimated 1.6 to 3.8 million sports and
recreation related concussions occur in the U.S.
each year. Concussions occur even if an athlete
doesn’t lose consciousness and in fact, is the
most common type of brain injury sustained in
A concussion is a
type of traumatic brain injury (TBI) caused by a
blow or jolt to the head. The severity of an
injury can range from mild to severe. Signs and
symptoms may be noticeable immediately, or it
may take days or weeks before they are present.
recovery vary for each person, but awareness and
seeking medical attention immediately following
an incident are crucial steps in caring for
yourself, a teammate, or family member.