5 surprising causes of head injuries

We often associate head injuries with major incidents, such as a car accident or a heart attack. It is usually thought of as the result of a horrific accident, following which there is no mistaking that you would suffer from a severe head injury. However, this is sometimes not the case and there is a range of injuries such as an anoxic brain injury that has a surprising number of causes.

For this reason, it is good to be aware of what other causes there can be for brain injuries so that we can be aware and take greater care of ourselves. We cannot, however, always prevent freak accidents from occurring, but where we can take preventative measures, it is always a good idea to do so. 

Electric shock

Suffering an electric shock has been found to cause many neurologic and neuropsychological problems. These can range from depression and memory loss to severe brain damage. When a person suffers a very bad electric shock, the brain may become starved of oxygen. 

Alternatively, the injury could have been elsewhere in the body but develop in the brain as a result of this. For example, it could start as a spinal injury but spread to the brain where the gray matter is then effected and neurons impacted.

Therefore, we should always take special care with electricity and be careful not to have any contact with water while we are using an electrical item. Furthermore, we should beware of using anything that has a frayed or damaged electrical cord and cover all sockets for children.

Drowning

We don’t often think of swimming as a risk of brain injury, other than in the event we might suffer a blow to the head due to dangerous diving. However, drowning can happen in an instant and cause significant brain damage, if we aren’t careful.

This is due to the lungs being filled with water and cutting off the oxygen supply to the brain. Therefore, in just a matter of minutes, a person can suffer long-lasting effects of brain damage. It is crucial, then, to always swim safely and never leave children unattended in the water.

Mountain climbing

Usually, mountain climbing is considered mainly a risk to our physical well-being, with the extreme nature of the challenge presenting problems for broken bones, torn muscles, and damaged joints. 

However, one issue we often overlook is the fact high altitudes can impact oxygen supply to the brain and therefore be a cause of brain damage. So, it is important to take precautions if planning a mountain climbing trip.

Alcohol and drugs

Illegal drugs, of course, come with a long list of significant health risks that are no surprise to anybody. However, there will be a few people who are surprised to learn that even alcohol can cause brain injuries, ranging from temporary damage to long-term alcoholic dementia.

A large percentage of people with a brain injury are intoxicated at the time of being admitted to hospital, demonstrating that it may have been caused by poor reactions or decision making, for instance. However, some injuries are also caused by long term use such as heavy drinkers or drug users suffering from brain diseases after many years of substance abuse. 

Sports

Playing contact and extreme sports carries a high risk of head injury. With sports like sky diving or bungee jumping, the individual is usually aware of the risks and accepts them as part of the sport that they enjoy.

However, with other sports, such as football, for example, they might not think that a head injury is as likely. This is very much the case, however, and a lot of injuries can be caused during practice runs when the player’s guard is down. So, they should always wear protective headgear and keep their wits about them in protecting their head – even during practice.

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