Traumatic Brain Injury among Children and Adolescents Treated in Emergency Departments, United States 2007-2010


Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), defined here as a concussion, skull fracture, or internal brain injury, can have life-long cognitive, physical, and financial impacts. Preventing these injuries requires an understanding of what causes them. To understand the causes of TBI, the Children’s Safety Network (CSN) explored emergency department (ED) treated TBIs among 0 through 19 year olds in terms of intent, activity, and object involved. Unless otherwise noted, all data in this fact sheet come from analysis of NEISS and NEISS-AIP data.