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Check Your Health: The Traumatic Brain Injury Fund

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Check Your Health: The Traumatic Brain Injury Fund (File photo: MGN)

(KUTV) — March is Brain Injury Awareness month and we wanted to let people know that there is a fund available to help people with a TBI find help. Brain injuries can have a dramatic impact on a person’s ability to lead an active, fulfilling life and there is help available.

Every day in Utah, there are 68 people treated in an emergency department for a TBI, six people are hospitalized, and one dies from a TBI

The Utah Legislature established a TBI fund in 2008. The funds are used to:

  • Educate Utahns on TBI treatment and prevention
  • Provide evaluations and assistance in identifying services and resources needed by persons with a TBI for which they may be eligible; and
  • Develop and information referral system for persons with a TBI and their families

Prevention of a TBI, wear a properly fitted helmet when riding an off-highway vehicle, bicycle, skateboard; battling and running bases in baseball or softball; riding a horse; or skiing/snowboarding. Ask your league, school, or district about concussion policies. Utah law requires youth sports organizations to have a concussion policy.

Caring for a survivor of a traumatic brain injury often comes with lots of questions. Get in touch with the brain injury coaches at the Utah TBI Fund to make sure you’re asking the right ones. Call 1-888-222-2542 or email tbi@utah.gov/ to find a TBI Coach near you.

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