Brain Injury Awareness Week 2023

Brain Injury Awareness Week

21 – 27 August, 2023

This year Brain Injury Awareness Week runs from the 21 – 27 August. The week aims to raise awareness of the huge number of Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) that occur in Australia each year. Almost 200,000 people will suffer a TBI annually, with 170,000 of those concussions (the most common form of TBI)

A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury, a short-term disturbance to normal brain functioning which occurs as a result of a blow to the head, neck or body. Most people will recover from a concussion within four weeks, but for some symptoms can continue in what is known as Persistent Post-Concussion Symptoms (PPCS).

The most common causes of concussion include:

  • Falls
  • Car accidents
  • Sport or recreational activities
  • Workplaces accidents
  • Assault including domestic and family violence

Concussion Facts

  • You don’t need to be knocked out to have suffered a concussion
  • Concussion is an invisible injury. Although it can’t be seen, it can definitely be felt with wide ranging signs and symptoms
  • No two concussions will be the same – each will present with unique signs and symptoms
  • There is currently no way to determine if someone will suffer with PPCS
  • Indigenous women are 69 times more likely to be admitted to hospital for a head injury due to assault than non-indigenous women

How to get involved

Get involved this Brain Injury Awareness Week by taking part in Connectivity’s FREE online Sport-Related Concussion Short Course or our Concussion Short Course. These courses will allow you to learn the signs, symptoms and red flags of concussion so that you know what to do if you are the first on the scene of a concussion injury.

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