Summer is right around the corner, and that usually means more time spent outside partaking in recreational activities. With that said, summer also presents some unique challenges for our health and safety. Traumatic brain injuries can spike during the summer, so you have to take some extra precautions. Below, we share some tips for preventing against TBIs during the hot summer months.
TBIs in the Summer
Here are some tips for keeping your head injury free during the warm summer months:
1. Wear a Helmet – Summer is the perfect season for biking or going for a ride on your motorcycle, but a fall can be life changing if you’re not wearing a helmet. Even if you’re the best rider in the world, all it takes is one distracted driver to knock you off your ride. Invest in a well-fitting helmet to protect against severe head injuries all year round.
2. Water Awareness – When the temperatures rise, people want to be near a lake or pool, but water presents its own set of challenges. Don’t run near the pool or on wet surfaces that can lead to spills, never dive into an area without knowing how deep the water is, and don’t drive recklessly on the water if you’re pulling waterskiers or tubers. Head injuries on or around water are far too common this time of year.
3. Hydration – While water can be dangerous, it’s also essential for your health if you’re out in the sun for a while. Stay hydrated, especially during sporting activities where you’re losing a lot of fluids. Dehydration leaves you susceptible to muscles strains and tears, but it can also cause you to pass out and strike your head on a hard object. Pack plenty of fluids if you’re going to be running around or out in the sun for long stretches.
4. Seat Belt – You should wear your seat belt year-round, but it’s especially important during the summer when road conditions allow for higher speeds and there is more traffic and construction on the roads. Seat belts not only reduce your risk of a TBI in a car crash, but they can also save you life. Make sure everyone in the vehicle is buckled and the distractions are put away so the driver can get you from one place to another without incident.
5. Know The Signs – Knowing the signs of a TBI won’t help you prevent one from happening, but it can help prevent the problem from worsening by getting the individual the assistance they need. Signs of a TBI include dizziness, loss of consciousness, loss of coordination, headaches, vomiting, balance issues and difficulty sleeping. If you suffer a head injury or witness one, remove the individual from activity, get them some water, assess their symptoms and if necessary, get them professional medical attention.
For more tips on preventing head injuries and TBIs this summer, or to talk to a head specialist in the area about symptoms you’re experiencing, reach out to Dr. Chang’s office today.