This little TikTok by a neurologist led to quite a bit of interest:
@zenfulbrain Four Things I Would Never Let My Kids Do As A Neurologist or 🧠 doctor! #neurologist #atvlifestyle #gunskill #trampoline #americanfootball #brainhealthmatters #tbi #concussion ♬ original sound – Dr. A
Again, her four things were:
- Play American Football
- Ride ATV’s
- Have a trampoline or jump on trampolines outside
- Shoot a gun
The first three make a lot of intuitive sense because you can see the potential for head injury. The fourth thing, “shoot a gun,” seems to be more related to the chance that a person who uses a gun may be shot by a gun–not that squeezing the trigger yourself is a huge hazard for brain injury.
How does this compare to the statistics though?
According to the analysis of Araki, Yokota & Morita (2017) (see Table 1 below), falls, vehicle accidents, especially 2-wheeled vehicle accidents and contact sports are the biggest risks. This maps fairly well with what Dr. A is saying on TikTok.
Few things can exceed the ability of a brain injury’s capacity to change the life of its victim. Certainly it would make sense to be more careful to avoid such injuries. Most of us know someone who received a bad head injury as a child and has never been quite the same since it occurred.
If you suspect you or your child may have a lingering traumatic brain injury (TBI) or related injury, it’s important that you see a neurologist as soon as possible so that you can get it diagnosed and start getting the help you need.
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