March is Brain Injury Awareness Month

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month. Did you know that falls are the number one cause of brain injury?

We focus on smoothing the transition back into a meaningful life, while providing the connections and information needed to support both the injured person and their families and loved ones through their journey.

Concussion in junior rugby hits five year high.

Junior rugby concussions continue to rise at “an alarming rate”.

Data obtained by Stuff showed the number of concussions lodged with ACC for junior rugby players was at a five year high across across nine of the 13 regions it held data on.

ACC classified all players under the age of 19 as junior.

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‘Blackout for Brain Injury’ campaign set to break down stigma

A new campaign, Blackout for Brain Injury, is set to mark this year’s national awareness week and raise the profile of the often-invisible injury.

Brain Injury New Zealand president and Hawke’s Bay Brain Injury Association chairman Brett Morris said the national campaign was proposed to better inform the community about brain injuries and the challenges that come with them.

To read about our #Blackoutforbraininjury campaign – click here

From brain injury to body building: Mark Ashby’s story

A Christchurch man who took up body building to recover from a serious car smash, has his eye on competing on the Australian circuit.

Mark Ashby – who suffered a severe brain injury – is hoping to relaunch his competitive body building career and said training and competing gave him “so much hope.”

“It helps me medicinally. It’s great for building muscles and boosting endorphins; I’m getting high on life.”

To read Marks full story – click here

Crash survivor shares story with young drivers

Karley Wall remembers the immense frustration at having to learn how to walk, talk and feed herself again at the age of 23.

Wall’s life changed beyond recognition on January 17, 2001 when the car she was a passenger in crashed in the Lewis Pass. It was the day she nearly died.

Wall had to be cut from her car after the accident near the Maruia Hot Springs. She had a brain stem injury, a broken femur and fractures to her pelvis and scaphoid.

She has no memory of what happened that day and her memories of waking up after a five-week medically induced coma are also faint.

To read Karleys amazing story, click here