Slipping, tripping or dropping from a height are among the top causes of concussion—not sports-related injury—according to UAlberta report.
Alberta’s first ever report on traumatic brain injuries (TBI)—including concussions treated in emergency rooms (ER) or hospitals—shows that the overall risk is higher for falls than sports-related injuries.
“For emergency rooms visits, falls of some kind or another—such as slipping, tripping or due to collision or pushing by another person—are the biggest culprit,” said Kathy Belton, associate director of the University of Alberta’s Injury Prevention Centre, which prepared the report.
Concussion—the most common form of brain injury—accounted for just 2.5 per cent of all emergency room visits between 2011 to 2014, and 1.6 per cent of hospital visits from 2005 to 2014, according to the report by the injury centre in the School of Public Health. Notably, 80 per cent of TBI visits to emergency rooms were for concussion, whereas for h...