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Neuroscience Center Traumatic Brain Injury Advocacy Group

Did You Know?
  • World-wide incidence - 10 million TBI’s per year
  • More than 5 million Americans alive today have had a TBI. Suspect this is underestimated due to mild TBI not being reported in many cases – i.e. sports concussions.
  • In the United States: Every year approximately 1.7 million people experience a TBI (more than suffer heart attacks).
  • Every year approximately 52,000 people die from head injury.
  • Every year approximately 1.3 million people with head-injuries are treated in hospital emergency rooms in the U.S.
  • Every year approximately 275,000 people are hospitalized for TBI and survive.
  • Every year the direct and indirect costs of traumatic brain injury in the U. S. are approximately $60 billion.
  • 66% of service personnel in Iraq exposed to or injured by a Blast injury (this is a specific type of TBI & is the signature wound of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF))
  • 40% of service personnel returning from OIF & OEF show signs & symptoms of TBI due to a blast injury
  • These stats do not include the many civilians injured in Iraq & Afghanistan

Other Statistics:

  • TBI occurs every 15 seconds in U.S.
  • Death from TBI occurs every 5 minutes
  • 5 million+ TBI survivors in U.S.
  • 210,000 living with TBI, just in Florida. Expected to reach 260,000 by the year 2020.
  • Approximately 97,000 TBI’s occur annually in the State of Florida
  • The leading cause of TBI’s in Florida (2006) was falls
  • Falls is a common cause of TBI in the elderly (65 year and older)
  • Head trauma is the major cause of disability under age 35
  • The annual incidence of moderate and severe TBI is more than that for spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, and muscular dystrophy combined
  • 2/3 of those affected are between the ages of 15 and 25 years old.
  • Male to female ratio is 2:1.
  • 72% are single
  • 50% of battered children surviving TBI suffer permanent neurological, intellectual, and psychosocial deficits
  • Only one survivor in twenty receives appropriate rehabilitation services.
  • One severe TBI survivor requires between 5–10 years of intensive rehabilitation with long term follow-up
  • More than 5.3 million people in the United States are living with disabilities that are unnoticed to those around them. They are living with long-term traumatic brain injuries according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.