ILA 4:TBI-Related Deaths

The data used in this graph came from the data.gov website. I searched for data related to head injuries and this data set came up. The data above shows the rate of TBI (traumatic brain injury) related deaths in the US over a ten-year period (2001-2010) and comparisons between age groups (0-65+). I chose to compare the average number of deaths by TBI related injuries over the ten-year period between the 5-14 year age group and the 15-24 year age group. Individuals in the 5-14 age group are still playing recreational league football or just starting out on the high school JV team. The hits they sustain in practice or during a game should not be as damaging as compared to some of the hits taken while playing varsity or college football. The 15-24 year age group would most likely be playing varsity and college football. The hits these individuals would sustain would be far more forceful than the hits sustained by the individuals in the 5-14 year group. There is a significant increase in the number of TBI –related deaths in the 15-24 year age group as compared to the 5-14 year age group. The increase could be the result of numerous different things. One possible cause could be individuals in the 15-24 year age group are more adventurous and perform or participate in more stupid activities than younger individuals. Another plausible cause could be the individuals in the 15-24 year age group are receiving more forceful hits while playing football or the helmets they are wearing are not as safe as manufacturers say they are. The data also shows a decrease in the number of TBI-related deaths across ten years in the 15-24 year age group. This could show that technology has slightly increased or improved over the past ten years in improving athletic equipment. Even though there seems to be a steady minimal decrease in the number of TBI-related deaths in the 15-24 year age group, manufacturers companies still need to do further research and invest more money and time into the development of new technology to keep decreasing the number of TBI-related deaths in all age groups.ila-4

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2 responses to “ILA 4:TBI-Related Deaths

  1. This is a really cool chart, its interesting to see the difference between what are considered kids, to adults and makes you wonder about the correlation between TBI deaths and how far along in brain development

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  2. This is a really good chart. It’s interesting to see the dramatic increase in the number of deaths from 5-14 year olds to 15-24 year olds.

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