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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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Interview with the SEAC: TBI from a Joint Perspective

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7/18/2022
Interview with the SEAC: TBI from a Joint Perspective

In this episode of Picking Your Brain, Traumatic Brain Injury Center of Excellence Branch Chief Capt. Scott Cota and clinical moderator Amanda Gano interview the Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (SEAC), Ramón Colón-López. The discussion covers the health impacts of TBI and blast-related concussion stemming from the demands of combat and training. The SEAC also addresses the importance of maintaining medical readiness through education and military leadership. Listen to more Picking Your Brain episodes at www.health.mil/TBIPodcasts, on DVIDS, or wherever you listen to podcasts.

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Talking to Your Child about TBI: A Guide for Caregivers of Service Members and Veterans

Fact Sheet
6/8/2022

This TBICoE fact sheet includes age-appropriate strategies adults can use to speak with children about traumatic brain injury—or concussion. It also includes tips on how to help kids cope with changes that impact the family unit.

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Addressing Family Needs: A Guide for Caregivers of Service Members and Veterans

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6/8/2022

This TBICoE fact sheet includes ways to build stronger family ties and develop coping strategies for challenges the family may experience after a loved one sustains a concussion—or TBI—such as substance misuse, psychological and emotional trauma, and financial changes.

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Taking Care of Yourself: A Guide for Caregivers of Service Members and Veterans

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6/8/2022

This TBICoE fact sheet is directed towards caregivers and provides self-care strategies to avoid caregiver burnout and fatigue when caring for a loved one who has sustained a traumatic brain injury.

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Intimacy and Sexuality Following TBI: A Guide for Caregivers of Service Members and Veterans

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6/8/2022

This TBICoE fact sheet provides caregivers and those diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury—or concussion— with information for addressing intimacy and sexuality concerns following injury. It includes information on how TBI can affect sexual functioning and behavior, and tips on improving intimacy after a brain injury.

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Returning Home After TBI: A Guide for Caregivers of Service Members and Veterans

Fact Sheet
6/8/2022

This TBICoE fact sheet shares information and adaptation tips when a loved one diagnosed with a TBI—or concussion—returns home. It includes hot topics such as driving following TBI and ways to avoid a second traumatic brain injury.

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TBICoE 2021 Publications

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3/16/2022

Master list of 2021 TBICoE articles published in research journals

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2000-Q32021 DOD Worldwide Numbers for TBI

Publication
1/20/2022

TBICoE is the Defense Department’s office of responsibility for tracking traumatic brain injury data in the U.S. military. Here you’ll find data on the number of active-duty service members—anywhere U.S. forces are located—with a first-time TBI diagnosis from calendar year 2000 through the third quarter of 2021. The data is also broken down by each branch of the armed services.

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2021 Q3 DOD Worldwide Numbers for TBI

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1/20/2022

TBICoE is the Defense Department’s office of responsibility for tracking traumatic brain injury data in the U.S. military. Here you’ll find data on the number of active-duty service members—anywhere U.S. forces are located—with a first-time TBI diagnosis in the third quarter of calendar year 2021. The data is also broken down by each branch of the armed services.

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Dizziness and Visual Problems After Concussion

Infographic
1/4/2022
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More than 80% of all concussions—also known as a mild traumatic brain injury— in the military are considered mild. Dizziness and visual problems are among the most common symptoms after concussion and often resolve within days or weeks. This infographic reviews common signs and symptoms to look out for.

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Improving Relationships after TBI

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10/21/2021

Flier for the Interactive Relationship Building Workshop for Active-Duty Military and Veteran TBI Caregivers and Families: This flier provides information on TBICoE's educational session for caregivers of active-duty service members and veterans who have sustained a TBI. In addition to sharing caregiver resources and current research initiatives, webinar topics will also include relationship building strategies, improving communication and addressing intimacy after TBI.

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TBI Caregiver Support Forms

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6/29/2021

This is a fillable and printer-friendly version of the forms available in the "Traumatic Brain Injury: A Guide for Caregivers of Service Members and Veterans."

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Progressive Return to Activity Following Concussion/mTBI Patient and Leadership Guide

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6/22/2021

The Progressive Return to Activity Following Concussion/mTBI Patient and Leadership Guide alerts command and line leaders about the PRA process and provides service members with appropriate activities for each stage of their recovery.

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Help With Ongoing Symptoms Following Concussion/Mild TBI Fact Sheet

Fact Sheet
4/28/2021

Although the majority of service members recover from concussion with little to no intervention, some experience symptoms beyond the first three months after their initial injury. This fact sheet addresses why symptoms continue to persist in some patients and how they can cope or seek additional help.

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Vision Problems After Concussion Fact Sheet

Fact Sheet
3/30/2021

This TBICoE fact sheet helps patients diagnosed with a concussion/mild TBI understand vision problems and provides insight into treatment options.

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