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Every year, upwards of 1.4 million Americans experience a brain injury, as indicated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Head injuries in adults can be caused by anything from a crash to a fall in the shower. In consideration of the fact that some brain injuries in adults can be hard to notice, especially those that are purported as “mild” wounds, they are regularly misdiagnosed or neglected. 

People often used words like “head trauma,” “head injury,” “brain injury,” and “traumatic brain injury” and even allude to some injuries to the head as a bump or a blow. Brain injuries in adults can vary from mild to severe, and the symptoms can be indistinct. In agreement with Vani Rao, MD, Director, Brain Injury Program, and Neuropsychiatrist, “There is no such thing as a mild head injury. It’s a misnomer.” The truth is, you don’t need to involved in a serious accident to endure a brain damage. Some frequent reasons of brain injuries in adults include falls, car crashes, workplace accidents, assaults, other violent attacks, contact sports like football, and non-contact sports or activities such as biking. 

Individuals who suffer serious head injuries often endure other traumatic injuries, which makes the rehabilitation of traumatic brain injuries an intricate process and the interception of hypoxia difficult. It is also common for individuals suffering from a brain injury to encounter periods of unconsciousness after a head injury or an accident. In other cases, exceptionally serious brain injuries can happen without the loss of awareness.

When worn properly, protective helmets can be effective in preventing brain injuries while protecting one’s head from hard surfaces, collisions with other players, and falls.

In line with the Alzheimer’s Association findings, “falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injury for all ages, and falling poses an especially serious risk for older adults.” Falls can result in hip fractures, broken bones, and head injuries. And sometimes falls even without a major injury, especially in older adults, can also cause them to become fearful or depressed, making it difficult for them to stay active. As stated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Fall-related injuries are epidemic A head injury or hip fracture can change a life in a matter of seconds.  Head injuries are one of the most common causes of disability and death in adults.  Every 15 seconds a traumatic brain injury occurs. Every 18 seconds an older adult is treated in an emergency department for a fall. Every 35 minutes, one of these adults dies as a result of his or her injuries.” 

Protective helmets and other protective headgear diminish the possibility of a serious traumatic brain injury (TBI) after a crash by safeguarding the head on impact, as well as reduce the chance of damages that could be inflicted as a result of the collision. Plum’s®  custom-fitting ProtectaCap® and ProtectaCap+Plus® absorb and dissipate impact energy during the fall. The protection reduces the momentum of the impact of the fall to the head. Plum’s protective headgear custom-fit virtually all head shapes and sizes

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Many caregivers and guardians frequently assume that only children with special needs are at risk for falling but the same can be true for adolescent and older adults as a result fall injuries. No age group is completely safe from head trauma, and the utilization of dependable safety headgear is of extreme importance for both children and adults, particularly those individuals with certain medical conditions, special needs, balance concerns, epilepsy or seizures.

There has been extensive research conducted on the impacts of wearing a protective cap to reduce the risk of head injuries originated as a result of a collision. In actuality, even a fall from a low elevated surface such as a bed can result in head trauma. 

To determine the best type of helmet, begin by remembering that a good helmet also needs to be adjustable so that it is snug, lightweight, stays put and is very comfortable. Regardless of the direction in which the individual falls, the protective helmet should minimize the impact so it is crucial that the headgear stays on securely during the fall. 

Some types of epilepsy make the person inclined to drop attacks, these seizures lead to individuals falling wherever it occurs. Those people should protective helmets to protect their heads in the event that they fall against concrete or any other hard surface. In fact, Plum’s® ProtectaCap® custom-fitting protective headgear is recommended by the Epilepsy Foundation. Protective headgear is also important for individuals with hemophilia, autism, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, people who are at risk for head injuries and for post surgery following craniotomy, craniotomy and shunts.  The most important criteria for choosing a protective helmet are its proven superior safety effectiveness and a lightweight comfortable fit.  Plum’s® ProtectaCap® custom-fitting protective headgear and ProtectaCap+Plus® advanced fall safety protective helmet meet those criteria.

Sometimes a protective helmet can make a huge difference between a minor fall and a trip to the emergency room at the hospital. As the Boston Medical Center indicated “For children who have frequent seizures that cause them to fall to the ground, helmets are recommended”.  


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A preventative strategy is an ideal approach to managing head injuries in children. In fact research demonstrates that most head injuries in children are often foreseeable and preventable. It is probably not a surprise to anyone at this point that there have been thousands of studies directed at the number of childhood head injuries.

While the research may focus on various specific topics, they all have one thing in common:  the likelihood and frequency of childhood head injuries and the necessity to prevent injuries in babies, toddlers and small children. Actually, children age 4 and younger are at highest risk of falling and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).  Protective headgear for small children reduces the risk of a significant brain injury and even death, because children’s heads are much more fragile and vulnerable to head trauma.

But just as important as wearing a protective helmet is wearing the right protective headgear. A helmet must fit properly as well as provide proven safety effectiveness. Plum Enterprises offer a wide selection of superior quality protective helmets for children. In fact, Plum’s® ProtectaCap® custom-fitting protective headgear was designed to meet the specific head safety criteria of babies, toddlers and small children

In light of what we now know about concussions and head injuries in small children,  it is important to take necessary means of precaution to protect their vulnerable heads.

As stated by The Centers for Disease Control “Recovery from a concussion is slower among young children. And those who have had a concussion are at higher risk of having another concussion.”

Children are not small adults.  Their vulnerability to head trauma is far greater and has long-reaching consequences into their adulthood.  This is why childhood head injury prevention is crucial for the health and wellbeing of our children during their childhood and for the rest of their lives.