Does the direction of head movement affect diffuse brain injuries?

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Diffuse brain injuries usually occur from rapid forces of acceleration or deceleration, most often resulting from car accidents or falls. The direction that the head moves when the injury takes place affects the amount of damage to the axons, the parts of nerve cells through which nerve impulses leave. When the brain moves from side to side, rather than front to back, the axons are more susceptible to damage. So in most cases, a car accident involving side impact is more damaging to the brain than frontal impact.

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