Prevention on the Brain

Prevention on the Brain: How to Protect Yourself from Concussions and Other Injuries

By: Scott Memorial Health
March 8, 2021

When you think about your health, some of the first things that probably come to mind are healthy eating, exercise, visits with a provider and other steps to help prevent and manage illness and disease. But there is another important factor to consider when thinking about maintaining good health – preventing injuries.

Injuries are one of the biggest threats to good health. According to the National Safety Council, preventable injuries are the third leading cause of death in the U.S., behind heart disease and cancer. In 2019, there were 48.3 million nonfatal, preventable injuries for which people sought medical attention; and preventable, injury-related deaths numbered more than 173,000. The majority of those preventable injuries were found to occur at home or in a motor vehicle.Preventing injuries

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 30 percent of all injury-related deaths can be attributed to traumatic brain injuries (TBI), which can involve a bump or blow to the head or a penetrating head injury that interferes with brain function. Approximately 150 Americans die from TBI-related injuries each day, and even those who survive may suffer from disabilities that can last a lifetime.

A common form of TBI is a concussion, which results from a jolt or hit to the head or a hit to the body. When someone experiences a concussion, the head and brain suddenly and quickly move back and forth, causing the brain to bounce or twist in the skull. This can result in chemical changes and even stretching and damaging of brain cells.

Signs and symptoms of a concussion include:

  • Inability to remember events before or after a hit or fall
  • Appearing dazed or stunned
  • Loss of memory
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Confusion
  • Clumsiness
  • Responding slowly to questions
  • Losing consciousness
  • Behavior and mood changes
  • Headache or feeling pressure in the head
  • Nausea
  • Balance issues or dizziness
  • Double or blurry vision
  • Sensitivity to light or noise
  • Not “feeling right” or “feeling down”

Symptoms can show up shortly following an injury or days later, so it’s important to stay alert to the signs and seek necessary medical care following an injury – especially if a danger sign appears. These can include one pupil being larger than the other; drowsiness; an inability to wake up; a headache that gets worse and does not go away; slurred speech; weakness, numbness or decreased coordination; repeated vomiting or nausea; convulsions or seizures; unusual, confused or agitated behavior; and loss of consciousness. If one or more of these occurs, you should call 9-1-1 or take the injured person to the emergency department for medical attention.

The good news is that many injuries are preventable, and there are proactive steps you can take to help protect yourself and others, including:

  • Practicing strength and balance exercisesCarseats can help prevent injuries
  • Regular eye exams
  • Making your home safer with adequate lighting and removing easily tripped-over items
  • Practicing safe behaviors when engaging in physical activity, including safe play and using proper protective gear (including helmets while biking, skateboarding, etc.)
  • Using seat belts every time you are in a motor vehicle, and utilizing car and booster seats appropriately for kids 12 and under, and
  • Avoiding driving after drinking alcohol or using drugs.

Senior adults and adults managing certain disabilities can also benefit from installing grab bars in the bathroom and railings on both sides of stairs, as well as talking to their provider about other ways to prevent falls at home.

As the saying goes, “accidents happen,” but by taking simple steps and practicing safe behaviors, you can help yourself and others avoid preventable injuries and stay on the road to good health.

When emergencies strike, Scott Memorial Health is here to help. Our Emergency Departmentis open 24/7 every day of the year to care for you when you need it most.

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United Way of Scott County Indiana is pleased to announce that we are continuing our grants from the COVID-19 Economic Relief Initiative Grant, made possible through a partnership between Lilly Endowment, Inc. and Indiana United Ways, the state professional association of which United Way of Scott County Indiana is a member. These special funds will be used to boost the efforts on the frontlines of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

United Way of Scott County Indiana has been a key convener and coordinator of our community’s response to meet human needs for decades. Without a robust local safety net, those in need are bound to become even more dire. “Thanks to generous support from the Lilly Endowment, Inc., we are now more strongly positioned to help our community deal with the immediate and long term impact of Covid-19,” said Michelle Matern, Board Chair for United Way of Scott County, IN.

The COVID-19 Economic Relief Initiative Grant calls for United Ways that receive funding to leverage partnerships and relationships to better meet Covid-related essential and basic needs, and to address other Covid-19 critical issues as they emerge. Interested organizations should consult Nancy Riley, Executive Director at

 or call 812-752-2586 for guidance on funding intent and application instructions.


Lilly Endowment Inc. is a private philanthropic foundation supporting the causes of religion, education, and community development focusing its work in Indianapolis and the State of Indiana. For more information, contact Judith Cebula, Communications Director at


Indiana United Ways is the state association for United Ways in Indiana that supports thriving United Ways through capacity building, shared services, and partners. For more information, contact Maureen Noe, President & CEO at

Scottsburg, IN — The Scott County Family YMCA has kicked off its Annual Campaign, with a goal of $75,000 this year – an increase over last years goal. To date, over $33,000 has been raised.

“The annual campaign helps to sustain the YMCA so we can continue to provide a wide offering of programs for youth, families and seniors, as well as provide some of the financial assistance dollars for people of all ages and all income levels to join the YMCA and participate in our programs. “Y memberships and programs are available on a sliding scale so all Scott County residents can participate” said YMCA board of directors chairman Greg Prince. “We increased our campaign goal because there is a greater need due to challenges caused by outside issues, especially the Covid 19 pandemic resulting in a 2-month closing and increases in operating expenses.”
Member Joe Smith was one of several people who said the YMCA has changed his life for the better. He commented that exercising and staying healthy are important to his quality of life. “ I like the Y because I can visit with old friends and make new friends. The Y is just not a building, it’s based on a mutual need by everyone who comes to the Y. The Y is all about the relationships I’ve established. The Y is the place where I can get out of the house in a safe place, where you are taken care of and can bless people. It’s important for both my mental and physical health.”
CEO Jon Hill, who has worked for various YMCAs for 30 years, stated “A successful campaign will help keep the YMCA running smoothly and keep its sliding-fee scale low income families intact for the next year. Hill, who became CEO in February of 2020 has seen the local Y grow from a store front operation using community facilities to the present building. “I have seen kids grow up in the Y and I see adults working out today who were in Y programs as kids. Four generations of families have been served by the Y and this will continue for future generations. Currently, 51 percent of YMCA members and up to 65 percent of children in its programs receive assistance with their fees, he said.”
Rhonda Stephens is the Campaign Chairman and has been a board member for two years. “The YMCA is more than a gym,” she said. It’s a community. It brings people together, and lifelong friendships are made.” “No one understands more than we do that it’s uncomfortable and sometimes hard to ask people for money, but to ask them to help send a child to camp, or to help support after-school programs so that children don’t spend the afternoon unattended, well that’s an easy ask.” Stephens said one of her greatest concerns for the community is the health problems of the county. “Currently 40 percent of children are overweight. Just as disturbing is that Scott County rates 90th in over all health out of 92 Indiana counties. Also, diabetes in adults is a huge concern.”
Stephens commented further that, “Y Volunteers have begun giving their time and money to help raise the $75000. All of our Volunteers make a personal donation themselves.”
“Our goal is to contact over 700 YMCA friends, participants, and businesses, said Stephens. The theme of this year’s campaign is “The Y: Building Brighter Futures” “This campaign makes it possible for our YMCA to ensure that everyone who wants to improve their mind, body, and spirit, regardless of their income level, can become a Y member.”
Campaign volunteers include Greg Prince, Lyndi Hughbanks, Kathy Dodds, Rhonda Stephens, Richie Buchanan, Gary Hubbard, Drew Hyden, Terri Buchanan, David Starnes, John English, Donald Conner, Shane Bowling, Joie Bukowski, and Lois Bukowski. Additional volunteers are welcome.
For more information, to volunteer or to make a contribution, call Jon Hill at 812-752-9622.

Do you know about THRIVE,  Scott County’s Recovery Engagement Center?

First Presbyterian Church Basement, 396 W. McClain Ave., Scottsburg

HOURS Monday – Friday 9 am to 5 pm

This ‘Resource Hub’ offers a variety of services including Treatment Referrals (inpatient/outpatient), HIV/HCV/STD testing, Care Coordination, Linkage to Medical, Mental Health, and/or MAT Care, and connecting clients to community services and recovery groups. Peer Recovery Coaches bring the lived
experience of recovery, combined with training and supervision to assist clients in initiating and maintaining recovery, as well as helping to enhance the quality of personal and family life in long-term recovery.


Scott County Recovery Support Groups Meeting Schedule(rev 7/31/2020)

MONDAY AA Open Discussion: Presbyterian Church Basement, 396 W. McClain Ave. Scottsburg, 7-8pm

MONDAY CR (Celebrate Recovery): First Baptist Church of Crothersville, 305 E. Howard St.,

Crothersville, 6:30-9 pm

TUESDAY AA Closed Women’s Discussion: Maranatha House, 87 Washington St., Scottsburg, 11a-12p

TUESDAY WOMEN’S CR Step Study: Church of the New Covenant, 1054 Clay St., Austin, 6-7 pm

WEDNESDAY MEN’S CR Step Study: Church of the New Covenant, 1054 Clay St., Austin, 6-7:30 pm

WEDNESDAY AA Closed Discussion: Presbyterian Church Basement, 396 W. McClain Ave., Scottsburg,
8-9 pm

WEDNESDAY “Helping Hand” Peers Recovery Group: Cherry St. Building, corner of First & Cherry
St., Austin, 6:30-8 pm

THURSDAY “Chain Breaker” Support Group: New Frankfort Pentecostal Church, 3321 E. State Rd.
256, Austin, 12-2 pm

THURSDAY NA “Hope For Us” Open Discussion: Presbyterian Church Basement, 396 W. McClain Ave.,
Scottsburg, 7-8:30 pm

THURSDAY CR (Celebrate Recovery): Church of the New Covenant, 1054 Clay St., Austin, 6:30 pm

SATURDAY NA “Hope For Us” Open Discussion: Presbyterian Church Basement, 396 W. McClain Ave.,
Scottsburg, 2-3:30 pm

SATURDAY AA Closed Discussion: Heritage Station Train Depot, 90 N. Main St., Scottsburg, 8-9 pm

SUNDAY TEEN “Chain Breaker” Meeting: New Frankfort Church, 3321 E. St. Rd. 256, Austin.
Breakfast 9:30am, Meeting 10-11 am

SUNDAY CR (Celebrate Recovery): The Rock, 750 S. Gardner St., Scottsburg, 4-6 pm

Al-Anon: Friends and relatives OF alcoholics/addicts. Maranatha House, 87 Washington St., Scottsburg,
Wednesday 6-7 p.m.

Scott County Chamber of Commerce

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Scott Memorial Health is proud to join the American Hospital Association and healthcare organizations around the country in celebrating National Hospital Week, which is observed May 10-15. Each May, National Hospital Week provides an opportunity to pause and honor the millions of healthcare professionals who dedicate their lives to taking care of people in their greatest times of need, and to recognize the positive difference hospitals and healthcare organizations make in the communities they serve.

“As our community continues the fight against COVID-19, the pivotal role our healthcare workers play in the well-being of society is clearer than ever,” said Martin Padgett, chief executive officer (CEO) of Scott Memorial Health. “Their tireless efforts on the front lines of this disease and their commitment to quality care and patient safety year-round are critical to our mission of Making Communities Healthier. We proudly honor these heroes during National Hospital Week and commend their inspiring efforts to serve others.”

Scott Memorial Health will be marking the national observance with an internal celebration of reward and recognition, and community members are encouraged to leave a special note of thanks for hospital employees at

The hospital plays an important role in supporting the health and vitality of Scott County all year long. From welcoming 18 new providers and expanding services, to investing more than $300,000 in new clinical technology and facility improvements, Scott Memorial Health is committed to meeting the evolving health needs of the community and enhancing access to high quality care close to home.

As one of the region’s economic leaders, the organization employs nearly 200 staff and contributed $2,335,338 in taxes to the local and state economies last year. Additionally, it is proud to sponsor a number of local community organizations and non-profits, including Casa of Scott County, Cradle, Greater Scott County Chamber of Commerce, Kids First, Kiwanis Club Flag Program, Mayor’s Good Neighbor Award, Scott County 4-H, Scott County Family YMCA, Scott County Partnership, Scottsburg High School, United Way of Scott County and We Care. Ensuring that everyone has access to the high-quality and compassionate care they need is a top priority for the organization and fundamental to its mission. In 2019 alone, Scott Memorial Health provided more than $5.1 million of charity and other uncompensated care, regardless of patients’ ability to pay.

“Scott County is a wonderful place to call home, and we are privileged to have a significant impact on its health and economic well-being,” said Cindy Watts, chair of Scott Memorial Health’s board of trustees. “As we celebrate National Hospital Week amid unprecedented challenges this year and begin to look to the future, we are aware that healthcare – like other aspects of life – might look a little different. What will not change, though, is our mission and our commitment to this community. We will continue to put the health and well-being of our neighbors first, ensuring safe places of care and a healthier community for us all.”



Scott Memorial Health is urging community members to wear face masks or cloth face coverings in public areas where social distancing is not easily achieved in an effort to help stop the spread of COVID-19. This aligns with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as being an effective way to prevent the spread of the illness. The hospital has already instituted a universal masking protocol within its facilities and requires anyone entering to wear a face mask at all times.

“Scott Memorial Health strongly encourages our community members to wear masks because each of us plays an important role in helping to keep our community safe and protect one another from the spread of infectious diseases,” says Larry “Skip” Hunefeld, M.D., chief of staff at Scott Memorial Health. “One of the easiest and most effective ways we can look out for each other and aid in the fight against COVID-19 is to wear a face mask in public spaces right now.”

Recent studies have shown that universal masking can help prevent the spread of infectious diseases like COVID-19, especially in individuals who may be asymptomatic and unaware that they are ill. Face masks and cloth face coverings should be worn over the nose and mouth and be held securely in place with loops or ties.

“Until there is a vaccine, wearing a mask in public, practicing social distancing and proper hand hygiene are our best lines of defense in reducing the spread of COVID-19 in our community,” Dr. Hunefeld says. “That’s why we’ve established a universal masking protocol in our facilities to help protect our patients, providers and employees, and we’re encouraging our fellow citizens to do the same in other public places. By looking out for each other, we’ll get through this together and continue making our community healthier.”

For more information from the CDC on face coverings and how to make your own, visit To learn more about how Scott Memorial Health is working to ensure the safety of patients during this time, visit