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Rather, this definition requires that the injury be caused by an external force— even though the neurological symptoms and recovery process of internally caused brain injuries may be the same or similar to those resulting from TBI.
Elementary and secondary school officials have identified many students with brain injuries as other health impaired, learning disabled (LD), or mentally retarded (MR), or they have grouped them under some other placement and reporting category, even though their disabilities are the direct result of brain injury.
Within these professions, definitions of brain injuries also distinguish between those resulting from external versus internal causes.
Visual or memory impairments, fatigue, confusion, headaches, and other effects of mild or moderate brain injuries may be misdiagnosed or remain untreated.
Vehicle crashes are the leading cause of brain injury, falls are the second leading cause, and violencerelated brain injuries are a growing concern.
Males are twice as likely to sustain brain injuries as females, and a person who sustains one brain injury is three times more likely to sustain a second injury and eight times more likely to sustain a third injury.
With proper and continuous planning and support, and with determination on the part of the student, individuals with brain injuries can achieve their higher education goals.
Brain injuries are complex—each is unique, and their effects on an individual frequently change over time.