Repeated blows to the head result in further damage to the brain. The effects of repeated injuries to a brain that has sustained a previous injury tend to add up, causing greater damage than the initial injury. (Think of boxers, football players, and other professional athletes who have become disabled due to multiple TBIs.)
For this reason, it is best for people with TBI to exercise caution and avoid another TBI, if possible.
You can help your service member/veteran with TBI avoid another injury by:
- Safeguarding your home
- Insisting on the use of safe practices (e.g., wearing seatbelts in the car)
- Following the recommendations of the healthcare team on activity restrictions (e.g., no contact sports)
- A good rule of thumb is: If they make a helmet for an activity (biking, downhill skiing, rollerblading, motorcycle riding, etc.) everyone in the family should wear one!