Traumatic Brain Injury Quiz

Posted on January 1, 2022

Test your knowledge on head injury. Answers are at the end.

  1. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), how many people in the United States receive treatment for brain injury every year?
    1. 1,700
    2. 17,000
    3. 170,000
    4. 1,700,000


  1. According to the National Center for Catastrophic Sports Injury Research, which sport is the number-one cause of brain injury among high school and college female athletes?
    1. Gymnastics
    2. Field Hockey
    3. Cheerleading
    4. Soccer


  1. What can most traumatic brain injury cases be attributed to in elderly people above 65?
    1. Sports-related injuries
    2. Falls
    3. Motor vehicle accidents
    4. Firearms


  1. What is the contusion of the brain?
    1. Lack of blood supply to the brain
    2. Brain death
    3. Bruise of brain tissue
    4. Penetrating head injury


  1. A head injury can result in which of the following:
    1. Blood clotting in the brain
    2. Nerve damage
    3. Fracture of the skull
    4. All of the above


  1. Concussion does not always result in loss of consciousness immediately after a blow on the head. But it can be identified with 
    1. The person does not remember the injury
    2. The person’s speech is slurred
    3. The person vomits
    4. All of the above


  1. Of those who die from traumatic brain injuries, 50% do so within how many hours of their injury?
    1. 2
    2. 6
    3. 10
    4. 14


  1. A CT scan can detect all injuries to the brain.
    1. True 
    2. False


  1. To assess the severity of a TBI, an important tool that is commonly used is the following:
    1. Clinical Institute Withdrawal Assessment or CIWA
    2. Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS)
    3. New Jersey Concussion Index
    4. Standard Sliding Scale


  1. An example of a diffused head injury would be shaken baby syndrome.
    1. True
    2. False


  1. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), about how much is the lifetime cost for one person surviving a severe traumatic brain injury?
    1. about $2 million
    2. about $3 million
    3. about $4 million
    4. more than $4 million


  1. What type of injury most often results from blunt force trauma?
    1. Coup or coup-contra-coup
    2. Epidural hematoma
    3. Penetrating injury
    4. Subarachnoid hemorrhage                


  1. A penetrating brain injury is defined by
    1. A depressed skull fracture.
    2. Foreign matter disrupting the dura.
    3. Increased intracranial pressure.
    4. A linear skull fracture.


  1. What is one indicator that does not characterize severe TBI?
    1. Loss of consciousness/alteration of consciousness more than 24 hours
    2. Posttraumatic amnesia >7 days
    3. GCS score of 3 to 8 
    4. Structural imaging normal 


  1. A brain injury that occurs when the brain moves around inside of the skull and there is no physical injury to the skull itself is called a/an
    1. Closed head injury
    2. Open head injury
    3. ADHD
    4. Spinal cord injury



  1. ANSWER: (d) And that doesn’t even include all the people who receive a head injury but don’t seek treatment. 
  2. ANSWER: (c). Cheerleading injuries account for about 65% of serious catastrophic injuries.
  3. The answer is b. Senior adults face problems with balance and can become unsteady due to vertigo. Falls can cause brain injury if they hit their head.
  4. c
  5. d
  6. d
  7. a
  8. B. false. Though a CT scan is done when a patient with mild TBI is first admitted, an MRI is a week later can detect focal lesions in the brain.
  9. b
  10. a
  11. ANSWER: (d) The great cost of taking care of a person with severe brain injury is one reason why it is so important to talk with a lawyer who is experienced in handling brain injury cases. You want to make sure the injured person gets all the compensation he or she is entitled to. Covering the costs is next to impossible without financial help. a
  12. a
  13. b
  14. d
  15. a