Stats Speaking

Skiing accidents are not uncommon on the slopes, and a lingering debate stands between skiers and medical groups over wearing helmets. No studies have confirmed or denied the effectiveness of helmets for skiers, but they have become increasingly popular with skiers. In light of Natasha Richardson’s recent death, we thought it was important to share some statistics on the tragic causes of traumatic brain injury (TBI):

Number of people who sustain a TBI each year in the U.S.: 1.4 million

Number of people who sustain a TBI and die each year in the U.S.: 50,000

Percentage of TBIs caused by falls or blows: 47

Number of people whose problems with language and learning persist a year after their injury:
3.17 million