Middle and High School students show high rate of TBI

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A study supported by the Canadian Institute of Health Research found that over 20% of Ontario middle and high school students experienced a traumatic brain injury. The data was derived from 8,915 participants who were responding to a survey regarding substance abuse. 56% of the youth who reported experiencing brain injuries stated that they were sports-related. The occurrence of brain injury was also correlated with poor grades and a more frequent use of marijuana and alcohol.

The Ontario study identifies a high occurrence rate in a vulnerable population. These young people are at risk for second injuries and there is a likelihood of learning, mental health and substance abuse problems. The “one of five” ratio is astounding. Will these youngsters remain at risk? What can we expect as they become adults and age?

Source reference:  Ilie G, et al “Prevalence and correlates of traumatic brain injuries among adolescents” JAMA 2013; 309: 2550-2552.

About Rolf Gainer Ph.D.

Dr. Rolf Gainer is the founder of the Neurologic Rehabilitation Institute at Brookhaven Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma as well as the Neurological Rehabilitation Institute of Ontario, in Toronto, Canada. Dr. Gainer is a psychologist with more than twenty-five years of experience in the treatment and rehabilitation of individuals with brain injuries and a dual diagnosis. Dr. Gainer has designed and operated innovative rehabilitation programs in the United States and Canada for individuals who have been regarded as difficult to serve. He is currently involved in conducting two outcome studies related to the long-term issues faced by individuals with brain injuries and a dual diagnosis. He has presented papers throughout the United States and Canada in many professional conferences and educational forums.

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