About TBI

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is caused by a blow or jolt to the head that disrupts the normal function of the brain.  A TBI can be closed or penetrating.  Injuries can range from mild to severe. The most common form of TBI in the military is mild, more commonly known as a concussion. The good news is that most cases are treatable, and the majority of patients recovery fully from their injury.

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Nearly 1.7 million people sustain a TBI every year in America. While most people are able to return quickly to their daily lives, at least 125,000 people yearly are considered permanently disabled.
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A concussion — also called a mild traumatic brain injury — is a blow or jolt to the head that can change the way a person’s brain normally works.
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Signs or symptoms of concussion, like headache, confusion, dizziness, or nausea, can show up right after the injury, or may not appear until days or even weeks afterward.
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An estimated 1.6 to 3.8 million sports- and recreation-related concussions occur in the US each year. They can occur on a professional football field, on the ski slopes, or on a local bike path.
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Brain injury is a special health concern for older adults. People ages 75 and older have the highest rates of TBI-related hospitalizations and death, with falls as the leading cause.