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TBI Resources for Military Leadership

Traumatic brain injuries can happen anytime, anywhere. If you are in a leadership role, understanding what to expect and what your responsibilities are will help ensure readiness for your service members.
As the DOD’s principal organization to lead, translate, and advance brain health, TBICoE develops resources supporting the service member patient, the MHS health care provider, fellow researchers—and now you, the military leader. This robust set of products is intended for any service member who supervises others, promoting the importance of actively encouraging troops to be medically evaluated after a potentially concussive event and accurately reporting the incident. 

Warfighter Brain Health After TBI: Guidance for Leaders Fact Sheet

The fact sheet condenses the basics of recognizing, reporting, and preventing TBI in service members. It updates and supersedes the Line Leader Policy Guidance fact sheet and includes a list of what the DOD has defined as potentially concussive events and outlines leaders’ responsibilities to ensure service member readiness after a TBI. 

Download the fact sheet.

Thumbnail image of the downloadable Warfighter Brain Health After TBI Guidance for Leaders fact sheet

Warfighter Brain Health for Leaders Training Video

The video expands and enhances the information in the fact sheet. In addition to leader-specific information, the video includes an introduction to TBI basics such as the mechanics of brain injury, the overlapping signs and symptoms of TBI and PTSD, and how each may affect functional and operational performance. Military leadership will benefit from the review of general diagnostic best practices and the explanations of TBI clinical support tools. 

Watch the video.

Thumbnail image of the intro screen of the Warfighter Brain Health for Leaders Training Video.

Other Helpful Resources

Patient and Leadership Guide

This form is part of the Progressive Return to Activity protocol and is filled out by service members and their health care provider. The form helps service members understand their diagnosis and the protocol and provides a mechanism of sharing that information with their leadership.

Low-Level Blast Exposure Fact Sheets

More fact sheets and caregiver resources to be familiar with to support your service member can be located on our Patient and Family Resources page.


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What is TBICoE doing to help warfighters exposed to low-level blast? Leading the charge: 1. Collaborated on Military weapons training studies and Epidemiology studies 2. Led health and performance efforts in support of the Section 734 Program Advancing the science: 1. Measured LLB exposure effects on performance 2. Provided recommendations on LLB surveillance 3. Advanced DOD’s understanding of LLB health and performance effects Answering the call: 1. Outlined next steps for LLB research 2. Helped to develop guidance for managing brain health risk from blast overexposure 3. Recommended the development of a tool to capture career blast exposure These efforts are in support of the Warfighter Brain Health Initiative LLB Relevant Aims 1. Understand the known and emerging threats and hazards to brain health 2. Monitor warfighters for brain exposures 3. Reduce risk of brain exposures that may negatively impact brain health

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Last Updated: December 08, 2023
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