High-Energy Head Injuries
High-energy injuries to the head occur when the head hits against another object with great force or pressure. This type of injury puts a person at increased risk for a brain injury, even when there is no visible external bleeding or other obvious sign of injury.
High-energy injuries to the head can occur in a variety of ways, including:
- Falls in which the head strikes an object with significant force. A fall from a height of 4 ft (1.2 m) may be enough to cause an injury.
- Motor vehicle accidents in which the head strikes and cracks or breaks the windshield or dents the inside of the vehicle.
- Sports injuries, such as striking the head after falling from a fast-moving bicycle.
- Direct blows to the head with a hard object, such as a fist or a baseball bat swung with significant force.
Injuries to the neck or face are more likely to occur with a high-energy head injury.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine|
|Last Revised||July 1, 2010|