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Brain Injury Statistics
Acquired brain injury is 15 times more common than spinal cord injuries, 30 times more common than breast cancer, and 400 times more common than HIV/AIDS.
There are over half a million people living in Ontario with a brain injury.
Acquired brain injury is the leading cause of death and disability for Canadians under the age of 45.
More than 11,000 Canadians die each year as a result of TBI.
Automobile accidents account for more than 50 per cent of all TBI.
You don't have to be knocked unconscious to sustain a brain injury. Mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI), also known as concussion, can damage your brain at the cellular level.
Young males are twice as likely as females to sustain a brain injury; though in the elderly, the numbers are about the same.
After one brain injury, you are at three times greater risk for a second brain injury and eight times greater for other bodily injuries.
Injury is the leading killer of Canadian children and youth. 50 per cent of all deaths from injury are from brain injuries.
Thirty per cent of all traumatic brain injuries are sustained by children and youth, many of them while participating in sports and recreational activities
A study has found that more than half of Toronto's homeless population has a TBI. Even more concerning, for 70 percent of those surveyed, the first TBI occurred before becoming homeless.
44% of prison inmates in Ontario reported a history of traumatic brain injury (TBI).
452 people suffer a brain injury every day in Canada. This amounts to one person injured with a traumatic brain injury every 3 minutes.
Brain Injury occurs at a rate of 500 out of 100,000 individuals yearly in Canada. From a population of 33,000,000, that translates to 165,000 brain injuries per year. Of those, tens of thousands of become partially or permanently disabled, and more than 11,000 Canadians die.
53% of homeless people in Toronto have a history of brain injury. Of the 53% of people who have a history of brain injury 70% sustained a brain injury prior to becoming homeless (Source: S.W. Hwang, A. Colantonio, S. Chiu, G. Tolomiczenko, A. Kiss, L. Cowan, D.A. Redelmeier, & W. Levinson)
44% of persons with ABI also have mental health issues
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