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A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is caused by a bump, blow, jolt or penetrating injury to the head that disrupts the normal function of the brain. A concussion is the most common form of TBI.

TBIs can have life-long effects and contribute to about 30% of all injury-related deaths, so it’s important to prevent head injuries by wearing safety helmets. A helmet should be snug and fastened securely, shouldn’t be cracked or damaged – it can only withstand one serious impact before losing its protective properties – and should be replaced at least every 5-8 years.

If someone experiences an intense head injury, seek professional health care immediately. At HealthAlliance Hospital: Broadway Campus, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network, our Emergency Department doctors and staff can efficiently evaluate and treat any head injuries.