According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 1.7 million people experience a TBI in the United States each year.1 This number does not include injuries seen at military or Veterans Health Administration health facilities.
CDC data show that about 53,000 people in the United States die from TBI-related causes every year.2
Anyone can experience TBI because it is caused by common events such as car crashes, sports injuries, and falls. However, certain groups of people are more likely to sustain a TBI. The age groups in which TBI is most common are:
Within every age group, TBI rates are higher for males than for females.1
In addition, active duty and reserve service members, who engage in dangerous training and operational activities in addition to combat, face a greater risk of TBI than their civilian peers.3
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