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Help Prevent Brain Injuries during National Winter Sports TBI Awareness Month

By Lependorf & Silverstein on January 13, 2015

Winter in New Jersey offers fun sports opportunities for all ages.  Families head out every weekend to enjoy sledding, skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, and hockey.  Like all sports, these offer a great chance to have fun and get exercise, but they also increase the risk of head injuries when certain safety precautions aren’t taken.

Because winter sports hit their peak in January, the first month of the year is recognized as National Winter Sports TBI Awareness Month.  A TBI, or traumatic brain injury, occurs when the head hits, or is hit by, an object. Concussions are a well-known type of TBI that can cause lingering problems with mood, memory, concentration, motor coordination, and speech.  Severe TBIs can cause permanent disability or death.

You can help prevent traumatic brain injuries while still enjoying all your favorite winter sports – or trying a new one.  Here are some simple steps:

  • Wear the right safety gear.  A helmet can help protect the head, reducing the severity of a TBI.  Choose a helmet that fits correctly and is appropriate for the activity you’re going to try.
  • Take lessons.  Basic lessons in skiing, snowboarding, or skating will help you learn how to control your movement and fall more safely, both of which can reduce the chances of a head injury.
  • Know when to quit.  If you suspect that you or anyone else has hit their head, stop participating immediately and see a doctor.

At Lependorf & Silverstein, our experienced New Jersey brain injury lawyers fight to protect the legal rights of every client we represent.  Contact us today for a free and confidential case evaluation.

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