The Role of Sleep, Activity, and Nutrition in the Treatment and Recovery of Traumatic Brain Injury

Jan. 8, 2015; 1-2:30 p.m. (ET)


In 2013, Lt. Gen. Patricia D. Horoho, the U.S. Army surgeon general, launched an organizational initiative to improve the health, readiness, and resilience of the Army family. The performance triad is a comprehensive plan to promote the balance of sleep, activity, and nutrition among Army family members to improve health and wellness. The three key components of the performance triad represent sleep, activity, and nutrition that we understand to affect the cognitive and physical performance of service members.

The performance triad can assist TBI patients in creating a system of healthy behaviors. The three components of the performance triad are instrumental in the recovery process for service members with a TBI, particularly those with persistent symptoms and chronic injury.

Discussion will include the initial pathophysiology of brain injury, in relation to combat-related injuries and the physiology of stress relative to neural function. Evidence supports that chronic injury is the most complex of difficulties across the continuum of care from diagnosis to treatment and to recovery. Research studies indicate the integration of the performance triad of sleep, activity, and nutrition may serve to mitigate the effects of stress and even potentially promote positive neuroplasticity for recovery.

At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the critical role of sleep, activity, and nutrition in brain health and recovery
  • Examine current evidence-based treatment practices associated with recovery care
  • Evaluate how sleep, activity and nutrition impact recovery care practices


Emerald Lin, M.D.
Physiatrist, Traumatic Brain Injury Contract Support Intrepid Spirit Center, Fort Belvoir Fort Belvoir, Va.
Maulik P. Purohit, M.D., MPH
Director of Research, Neurorehabilitation and Traumatic Brain Injury Intrepid Spirit Center, Fort Belvoir Senior Scientific Director, DVBIC Fort Belvoir, Va.


Heechin Chae, M.D.
Director Intrepid Spirit Center, Fort Belvoir Site Director, DVBIC Fort Belvoir, Va.

Continuing Education

Continuing education credit is available from Duke Medicine. You must register on or before Jan. 8, 2015, at 3 p.m. (EST) to qualify for the receipt of continuing education credit.

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