More than 13,000 service members and veterans are diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury annually. To increase and raise awareness of traumatic brain injuries, we recognize March as Brain Injury Awareness Month (BIAM) and will highlight TBI champions through our 2018 #TBIChampion campaign. A traumatic brain injury affects everyone who has a relationship with the injured person — from family caregivers to medical providers. All are TBI champions.
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Have a question about TBI resources, research or treatment?
Join our virtual Facebook town hall 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. (ET) March 28 to close out Brain Injury Awareness Month. The town hall will focus on recovery, research advancements, resources and other Department of Defense programs that support the continuum of care. The town hall will be a LIVE video Q&A session with Kathy Helmick, acting national director of DVBIC.
Questions must be submitted no later than March 26 to be answered live. Please submit your questions as a comment on the event page.
Help Us Spread The #Tbichampion message
- Join our #TBIChampion hashtag campaign! Share your traumatic brain injury story on social media and use the hashtag #TBIChampion.
- Use the hashtags #TBIChampion and #BIAMonth. Encourage your friends and family to do the same!
- Follow @DVBIC – Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center and @A Head for the Future on Facebook for updates and use these hashtags when talking about Brain Injury Awareness Month: #TBIChampion #BIAMonth.
- Follow @A Head for the Future on Twitter and use these hashtags: #TBIChampion #BIAMonth.
- Use our Social Media Toolkit for social media messages and graphics to help you share the message about brain injury awareness.
We’re heading to Capitol Hill March 20 to raise awareness for traumatic brain injury in the military and present our latest medical advancements. Follow our Facebook page @DVBIC – Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center) for updates and the hashtag #DVBIContheHill.
Win at TBI.
- Be safe: Learn the common causes of TBI, so you can take steps to prevent TBI during everyday activities, at work, while playing sports, or during a deployment. To learn more about preventing TBI, check out these safety tips and fact sheets that address the safety measures you should take before getting on a bicycle or motorcycle, driving and playing sports.
- Know the signs: Concussions, also known as mild TBI, often go undetected or undiagnosed initially because the symptoms can be subtle and varied. Recognize mild TBI by learning common signs and symptoms.
- Get help: If you think you, or someone you know, has a TBI, seek medical help as quickly as possible to improve your chances of a successful recovery.
Advancements in traumatic brain injury treatment can’t be completed without scientific research. If you would like to participate in clinical studies, please review our current DVBIC studies.
The TBI Family Podcast
Launched in November 2016, this series is for caregivers of service members and veterans with TBI. Each episode offers information, resources and tips for caregivers, and shares personal caregiver stories. You can listen to episodes or download them via SoundCloud, iTunes or Google Play. The second season of the series launches March 20.
- Episode 1: "The TBI Family"
- Episode 2: "Balance and Mantrams"
- Episode 3: "Veterans Affairs Respite Program and a “Battle Buddy” Caregiver"
- Episode 4: "Medical Foster Homes and Cognitive Rehabilitation"
- Episode 5: "Substance Use and TBI"
CUBIST (Clinical Updates in Brain Injury Science Today) Podcast
Launched in May 2017, this series is for health care providers who treat service members and veterans with TBI. Each episode offers a brief analysis of current research relevant to clinicians. Listen to or download episodes via SoundCloud, iTunes or Google Play.
- Episode 1: "Concussion, Genetics and Alzheimer’s"
- Episode 2: "Concussion and Neurocognitive Assessment Tools"
- Episode 3: "Outcome Predictors for Blast TBI"
- Episode 4: "Wearable Sensors to Detect Head Impact"
- Episode 5: "Sport Concussion Consensus Statement"
Coming summer 2018: Cognitive Rehabilitation Clinical Recommendation
Some people with a mild or moderate traumatic brain injury have persistent cognitive symptoms that interfere with their daily activities, work and quality of life. The Cognitive Rehabilitation Clinical Recommendation outlines how health care providers can give individual, patient-focused treatment by reinforcing, strengthening or reestablishing learned behaviors and patterns.