Stay Safe This Summer

It’s officially summer! Whether preparing for days at the pool, vacations, riding bikes around the neighborhood, or staying cool in the AC, staying safe is essential. Heat sensitivity is very normal after a brain injury, but it is incredibly dangerous because it could lead to a heat stroke. Brain injuries can cause your brain not to regulate temperature well.  

Stay Hydrated

Dehydration is a significant concern for individuals with brain injuries, as it can lead to both physical and cognitive decline. Symptoms such as memory loss, poor focus and attention, headaches, and irritability are common signs of your brain being dehydrated. The best way to combat this is to ensure you’re drinking enough water and eating hydrating foods. Watermelon, strawberries, oranges, cucumbers, and lettuce are all excellent choices as they have a high water content. So, enjoy a refreshing fruit salad and stay hydrated with a glass of water.

Wear Sunscreen and Use Lotion

Your skin is your largest organ and it requires care. Having a good summer with a bad sunburn and dry skin is hard. 

Keep Cool

Wear loose clothing, a hat, and light colors to protect yourself from the heat. Turn on your air conditioning or fans when you can. Also, try to avoid quickly switching between hot and cold temperatures. This will help your body maintain its internal temperature.

Wear a Helmet

Summer is a wonderful time to engage in outdoor activities, but it’s crucial to prioritize safety. Whether you’re cycling or trying out new roller skating tricks, always remember to wear a helmet. This simple step can help you enjoy the fun while also protecting your brain. For the best helmet options, consider checking out the Virginia Tech Helmet Lab.

Always Wear Your Seatbelt

Whether traveling up and down the coast for a summer road trip or around the block, wear your seatbelt. Car accidents are the second leading cause of traumatic brain injuries.