ASSAULTS and sporting accidents are now the most common cause of brain injury for young men in the UK, the Huddersfield branch of a national charity has revealed.
Michael Moore, branch chairman of the new branch of Headway, said criminal attacks and dangerous sports had overtaken traffic accidents as the leading cause of head injury to young men.
He said: "Calls to the national head office have been logged for some time and they have found that road traffic accidents have been overtaken by assaults and dangerous sports."
Mr Moore made his comments after the launch of the Huddersfield and district branch of Headway.
Fifty carers, health workers, and people with brain injury, attended the launch at Berties banqueting rooms in Elland.
A brief address was given by Mr Moore and Bill Hurley, group support officer from Headway in Rotherham.
Representatives of the West Yorkshire Police, social services and other charities attended.
The branch covers West Yorkshire and is one of 110 around the country.
For information find www.headway.org.uk on the internet.