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.
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
Injuries to the neck or face are more likely to occur with
a high-energy head injury.
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine