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Patient and Family Resources

TBICoE offers a variety of educational information and resources to help patients and their families learn about mild, moderate, severe or penetrating TBI. The topics covered include signs and symptoms, coping and recovery, and prevention. Through fact sheets, booklets and guides—service members, veterans, their families and caregivers—can learn more about the common challenges experienced after sustaining a traumatic brain injury.

Check out the sections below and download these resources for yourself, a friend or family member, or to help with patient education if you are a medical provider.

Outreach Network

TBICoE fulfills its mission through outreach and educational activities for active-duty service members, veterans, their families, and health care providers about TBI management from prevention to recovery. Through the effort of Regional Education Coordinators and the A Head for the Future initiative, TBICoE aims to increase awareness about how to prevent and reduce the consequences of mild-to-severe TBI.

TBI Fact Sheets

Are you wondering about the common symptoms of mild traumatic brain injury, also known as concussion, and how to manage them? Need resources to help educate patients about TBI? Here are free, downloadable fact sheets that discuss various topics related to TBI—symptom management, awareness and prevention, clinical education, family resources and more. Whether you’re a service member, family member or health care provider, there are resources for you.

These fact sheets provide general information about TBI—common signs and symptoms, coping and recovery tips and the importance of treatment.

Family and Caregiver Guides

This section is devoted to families and friends, who play a critical role in supporting the health and well-being of individuals with TBI recognizing the emotional, physical, and financial toll that is so often associated with caregiving. Check out our new fact sheets!

Find and download resources for families and caregivers of those who have sustained a TBI.

TBI Patient Resources

These patient guides provide information about ongoing symptom management and recovery.

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Head Check: Know Your Helmet, Football and Baseball

Fact Sheet
8/6/2020

A Head for the Future aims to raise awareness about TBI among service members, veterans and their families. This fact sheet provides tips for choosing the right helmet for the right sport, with information about different safety features in helmets for football and baseball.

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Cruise with Control

Fact Sheet
8/6/2020

One of the leading causes of military traumatic brain injury is motor vehicle crashes. This fact sheet provides tips on how to stay safe on motorcycles to help prevent TBI while riding. It also includes the signs and symptoms of TBI, and how to get help if you think you sustained a brain injury.

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A Head for the Future | Traumatic Brain Injury Center of Excellence | TBI Educators | Patient and Family Resources | Traumatic Brain Injury

Head Check: Know Your Helmet, Winter Sports

Fact Sheet
8/6/2020

A Head for the Future aims to raise awareness about TBI among service members, veterans and their families. This fact sheet provides tips for choosing the right helmet for the right sport, with information about different safety features in helmets for skiing, snowboarding and snowmobiling.

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Back to School Guide for Academic Success After TBI

Publication
8/3/2020

This booklet provides guidance to service members and veterans who have ongoing symptoms from a TBI and are going to college, university or vocational school. It gives answers to common questions about accommodation plans, financial aid, and assistive technology.

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Traumatic Brain Injury Center of Excellence | TBI Educators | Patient and Family Resources | Traumatic Brain Injury

Neck Pain Following Concussion/mTBI Fact Sheet

Fact Sheet
7/30/2020

Neck pain can occur together with headaches following a concussion. This TBICoE fact sheet provides information to help patients manage neck pain. Various techniques are explained, including the use of heat or cold therapy, neck stretches, proper sleep positions and common activities that may contribute to neck strain.

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Traumatic Brain Injury Center of Excellence | Patient and Family Resources | TBI Educators | TBI Provider Resources | Traumatic Brain Injury

Ways to Improve Your Memory Following Concussion/mTBI Fact Sheet

Fact Sheet
7/30/2020

This TBICoE fact sheet can be used by health care providers to educate patients with concussion, or mild traumatic brain injury, on how to manage memory problems related to their injury.

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Traumatic Brain Injury Center of Excellence | Patient and Family Resources | TBI Educators | Traumatic Brain Injury | TBI Provider Resources

Concussion/Mild TBI Signs and Symptoms Spanish Version Fact Sheet

Fact Sheet
7/30/2020

This fact sheet — in Spanish — identifies major physical, cognitive and emotional symptoms of concussion/mild TBI, and provides coping and recovery tips.

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Concussion/Mild TBI Signs and Symptoms Fact Sheet

Fact Sheet
7/30/2020

This TBICoE fact sheet identifies major physical, cognitive, and emotional symptoms of concussion, or mild TBI, and provides coping and recovery tips.

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Changes in Behavior, Personality or Mood Following Concussion/mTBI Fact Sheet

Fact Sheet
7/30/2020

This TBICoE fact sheet can be used by health care providers to educate patients with a concussion, or mild TBI, on how to manage changes in mood related to their injury.

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Headaches Following Concussion/mTBI Fact Sheet

Fact Sheet
7/30/2020

Although each headache is different, identifying common causes, or triggers, is important for health care providers and patients to determine appropriate treatment. This fact sheet provides non-drug options to help those diagnosed with a mild TBI and associated post-traumatic headache manage symptoms.

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Traumatic Brain Injury Center of Excellence | Patient and Family Resources | TBI Educators | TBI Provider Resources

Head Injury and Dizziness Fact Sheet

Fact Sheet
7/30/2020

This TBICoE fact sheet can be used to educate patients with concussion/mild TBI on how to manage dizziness related to their injury.

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Healthy Sleep Following Concussion/mTBI Fact Sheet

Fact Sheet
7/30/2020

Getting restful sleep is one of the most important things you can do for your health, and it often takes thoughtful preparation during the day. This fact sheet offers service members and veterans who experience sleep disturbances after a concussion with healthy sleep tips that can likely improve sleep.

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Traumatic Brain Injury Center of Excellence | Patient and Family Resources | TBI Educators | TBI Provider Resources | A Head for the Future | Centers of Excellence

Concussion/mTBI and PTSD Fact Sheet

Fact Sheet
7/30/2020

This fact sheet defines concussion/mild traumatic brain injury and posttraumatic stress disorder and explains how overlapping symptoms often occur. It also describes why it’s important to seek out treatment for both conditions and provides helpful advice on what to tell your family and friends to help in the recovery process.

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Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) Frequently Asked Questions

Fact Sheet
7/30/2020

This fact sheet provides answers and information to commonly asked questions about chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE.

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