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Unanticipated Falling Objects

Filed Under: Sexual Health at 1:30 pm | By: Susan Coyle, Senior Editor
HelmetIt could happen anywhere at anytime. You could be enjoying a Broadway show, delighting in the costumes, the choreography, the singing and the acting, when a piece of the ceiling breaks loose.  It plummets to the ground, stopped only by your head, which just happened to be in the way. Or you could be walking through town celebrating the return of warmer weather thinking “Maybe global warming isn’t so bad after all”, when an icicle breaks free.  It bludgeons you, sends you to the ground and leaves you unconscious. Or you could experience a traumatic head injury the old fashioned way, via sports, a fall or an unforeseen collision.  Either way you’ve had one, and you may never be the same.

A study of 69 traumatic brain injury patients found that head injuries often result in widespread tissue loss  – the more severe the trauma, the greater the loss. This could explain why some patients are never the same after a hit to the head. They suffer from memory loss, mood alterations, confusion and a reduced processing speed. In the worst cases, they are unable to perform normal everyday activities, forced to rely on family and friends for help.

While you cannot guard against all head injuries – some are more than unforeseen – you can help prevent many. If you play contact sports, ride bikes or horses, skateboard or do anything akin, make sure that you wear all of the appropriate head gear. Don the helmet. When you’re driving, wear your seatbelt. Be certain that your airbags are active, and stay alert and cautious. When you’re walking, particularly if you don’t normally, pay attention. You never know when an icicle might fall out of the sky or a pole might appear on the sidewalk.


One Response to “Unanticipated Falling Objects”

  1. Caryn says:

    I’ll have to keep a look out for falling objects now. Thanks for the warning!

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