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Traumatic Brain Injury

According to the Centers for Disease and Prevention (CDC), 1.7 million people are diagnosed with a brain injury each year.

What is Traumatic Brain Injury—or TBI?

TBI occurs as the result from a blow or jolt to the head that disrupts the normal function of the brain. Categories for TBI are:

  • Mild
  • Moderate
  • Severe
  • Penetrating

The most common form of TBI in the military is mild, and is also known as a concussion.

According to the Defense Health Agency Traumatic Brain Injury Center of Excellence (TBICoE), 444,328 service members have been diagnosed with a first-time TBI since 2000. The most common form of TBI in the military is mild, and is also known as a concussion. To learn more about TBI numbers, visit the DOD TBI Worldwide Numbers page.

Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness

TBI Topic Page Review Form

The Traumatic Brain Injury Center of Excellence (TBICoE) manages the content on the Health.mil Traumatic Brain Injury Topic Page for the Defense Health Agency (DHA). To submit content for review and approval to this page, Military Health System agencies and other government partners can download and email this form, along with attached content in a Word document, to the TBICoE website manager at dha.TBICoEinfo@mail.mil.

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TBICoE Research Review: Multiple TBI/Multiple Concussion

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8/4/2020

Prior history of TBI may predispose an individual to increased risk of subsequent TBI, which may result from less force, and lengthier recovery from post-injury symptoms. Activities such as contact sports and military service carry particular risk for multiple TBI. In addition to acute post-injury difficulties, cumulative TBI may increase the risk of chronic cognitive and functional impairment. Conservative management of post-injury symptoms as part of a medically monitored, progressive plan for returning to activities is recommended for individuals with a history of TBI.

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SCORE Chapter 3

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8/4/2020

Computerized Cognitive Rehabilitation Interventions for Persistent Symptoms Mild TBI Chapter three describes the computerized cognitive rehabilitation interventions used in the second SCORE treatment arm (SCORE Arm 2).

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SCORE Chapter 2

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Psychoeducational Interventions for Persistent Post-Concussion Symptoms Following Combat-Related Mild TBI Chapter two summarizes the psychoeducational interventions used for the control group in the first SCORE treatment arm (SCORE Arm 1). This educational material has been specifically adapted for use with service members and veterans who experience a more chronic course of symptoms following combat-related concussion. Section one explains the background of psychoeducation in the treatment of mild TBI, and section two provides the psychoeducational tool, called the client’s guide to recovery.

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DVBIC Publications 2019

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Citation information for 2019 publications of DVBIC research.

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TBI Hot Topics Bulletin September 2020

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8/4/2020

Are you a busy health care provider? Not enough time to keep up with research? Stay informed with the TBI Hot Topics Bulletin. We track the latest TBI scientific studies, advances, and discoveries most relevant to health care providers. This issue covers the second quarter of calendar year 2020.

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DVBIC Publications 1992-2018

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DVBIC research publications from 1992-2018.

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Return to Activity Educational Guidance for Service Members with Symptoms Following a Concussion

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8/3/2020

This guide is intended to help service members and veterans who have experienced a concussion recover as quickly and safely as possible. It outlines each stage of the recovery process, explains what affected individuals should expect throughout the recovery process, provides guidance on how to track progress and includes a table to track developments.

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2019 DVBIC Annual Report

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Back to School Guide for Academic Success After TBI

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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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Neuroimaging Following Mild TBI in the Non-Deployed Setting Clinical Recommendation

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The Neuroimaging Following Mild TBI in the Non-Deployed Setting clinical recommendation offers guidance for a standard approach for imaging from the acute through chronic stages following mild TBI in the non-deployed setting.

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MACE 2 Provider Training

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7/31/2020

Full-length medical provider training material for the Military Acute Concussion Evaluation 2 (MACE 2).

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MACE 2 Provider Training: Instructor Guide

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The MACE 2 Instructor Guide provides the curriculum needed for medical providers to train peers on how to properly use the MACE 2.

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MACE 2 Provider Training: Student Workbook

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The MACE 2 Student Workbook is for use with the MACE 2 training slides to learn how to properly use the MACE 2.

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The VOMS for Concussion Instructions is a clinical support tool for use with the MACE 2.

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ICD-10 Coding Guidance for TBI

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DVBIC developed these training slides based on the latest coding guidance and the Military Health System Professional Services and Specialty Medical Coding Guidelines Version 5.0, to facilitate consistent and accurate coding for TBI diagnoses and related symptoms and conditions.

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