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Brain Injury Facts & Figures

Brain injury is more prevalent than many people realize. The facts can be startling.


Did you know ...

  • Brain injury is significantly more prevalent than breast cancer, spinal cord injury and HIV/AIDS.
  • Neurotrauma injuries (brain injury, spinal cord injury) impact over half a million Ontarians and create a cost burden to the province in the order of 2 to 3 billion annually.  www.onf.org 
  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI) – a brain injury caused by a blow to the head – is the number one killer and disabler of young Canadians under the age of 40. www.torontorehab.com
  • The annual incidence of TBI is greater than that of Multiple Sclerosis, Spinal Cord Injury, HIV/AIDs and Breast Cancer combined. www.onf.org
  • For those individuals who survive a brain injury, the real work starts after they leave the hospital, getting back to home, work and play. Survivors are living, working and playing in your community.
  • Thirty per cent of all Traumatic Brain Injuries are sustained by children and youth, many of them while participating in sports and recreational activities.   www.thinkfirst.ca
  • According to the US center for Disease Control (CDC), brain injury occurs at a rate of 500 out of 100,000 individuals yearly in Canada.   From a population of 33,000,000 that translates to a minimum of 165,000 brain injuries per year. 
  • After one brain injury, you are at three times greater risk for a second brain injury and eight times greater for other bodily injuries.  www.torontorehab.com
  • You don't have to be knocked unconscious to sustain a brain injury. Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI), also known as concussion, can damage your brain at the cellular level.  www.torontorehab.com
  • A study (2009-10) found that more than half of Toronto's homeless population had an acquired brain injury.  Even more concerning, was that for 70 percent of those surveyed, the first acquired brain injury occurred before becoming homeless.  www.torontorehab.com 

Bicycle Helmets Help Reduce Injuries

  • A helmet gives you a real chance of walking away from a collision. Wearing a helmet can reduce your risk of head injury by up to 85%.
  • In jurisdictions where there are mandatory bike helmet laws, more people use helmets and injury rates are, on average, 25% lower than in areas without helmet legislation.
  • Bicycle injuries are the third leading cause of injury for children between the ages of 10 and 14 years old, with TBIs accounting for almost one third (29%) of all cycling-related hospital admissions.