What Is Trauma?
Trauma is an injury caused by a physical force. Most often it is a consequence of motor vehicle crashes, falls, drowning, gunshots, fire, stabbings or blunt assault. Trauma kills more people between the ages of one and 44 than any other disease or illness. Nearly 100,000 people of all ages in the United States die from trauma each year, half of them in automobile crashes.
Trauma injuries can include head trauma, brain trauma and blunt trauma, among others, that cause wounds, cuts, injuries and other damage to an individual’s body. Injuries from trauma, however, are preventable. For tips about trauma prevention, consult trauma injuries and prevention page.