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Brain Injury Awareness To Improve Readiness

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Traumatic brain injuries are a signature injury of modern warfare. In some cases, a TBI may mean a service member is not ready to deploy or train. In March, we will communicate to health care providers to build awareness of new TBI diagnosis and treatment protocols, and target young service members to make sure they understand the risks, signs, and impacts of TBI, both on and off the battlefield.

The Department of Defense is committed to protecting the health and well-being of our people to maximize our ability to defend the Nation. Brain health is critical to overall mission readiness. Even a mild TBI can have long-lasting effects that impact deployability if not diagnosed and treated.

Service members should learn the causes and symptoms of TBI. Knowing when to seek care contributes to overall brain health, and your ability to maintain readiness for deployments.

Key Messages & Talking Points

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Impact on Readiness

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Suggested Social Media Message: March is Brain Injury Awareness Month. Traumatic brain injuries are a key health concern for the military community. Thanks to innovations across the Military Health System, we are improving quality of life for TBI patients & their families. This month, we will share stories, tips, and resources for TBI prevention and recovery. www.health.mil/BIAMonth #BeTBIReady #BIAMonth


 Brain Injury Awareness Month infographic Heads Up

Suggested Social Media Message: Head injuries, especially from a blast, have become one of the most common combat-related injuries among deployed service members. Typical head injury symptoms are: trouble hearing speech in noisy settings, ringing or other sounds in your ears or head, or dizziness when you move your head while walking or bending down. Talk to your doctor if you have any of these symptoms. For more about TBI and hearing loss, visit: https://hearing.health.mil/Resources/Education/Conditions-and-Concerns/TBI-and-Hearing-LossHearing Loss webpage


Brain Injury Awareness Month infographic Call to action

Suggested Social Media Message: #PSA! Don't forget your protective gear! Most TBIs do not occur in combat. They are usually caused by everyday activities like sports, training, or a car accident. You can minimize the risk of TBI by wearing protective gear. www.health.mil/BIAMonth #BeTBIReady #BIAMonth


Brain Injury Awareness Month infographic Caregiver

Suggested Social Media Message: #DYK? Family support helps TBI recovery? Learn how to support your loved one here: https://www.health.mil/News/Articles/2021/07/22/Caregiver-Guide-supports-service-members-and-veterans-with-TBI #BeTBIReady #BIAMonth


Brain Injury Awareness Month infographic Protective Gear

Suggested Social Media Message: Vision and hearing are vital senses for effective communication and situational awareness. To defend yourself against injury and maintain mission readiness, wear the proper vision and hearing protection while on and off duty.  Find the latest vision and hearing protection recommendations here:
#BIAMonth #BeTBIReady

Vision: https://vce.health.mil/Eye-Injury-Prevention-and-Response/Eye-Protection
Hearing: https://hearing.health.mil/Prevention/Evaluated-Hearing-Protection-Devices #BIAMonth #BeTBIReady


Brain Injury Awareness Month infographic Providers

Suggested Social Media Message: Providers: Stay up-to-date on the latest evidence-based clinical guidance and training so you are always #TBIReady. Visit: Clinical Practice Recommendations webpagehttps://vce.health.mil/Providers/Clinicians-and-Researchers/Clinical-Practice-Recommendations and https://hearing.health.mil/For-Providers  #BIAMonth #BeTBIReady


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Suggested Social Media Message: DYK? If you sustain a head injury, you could also have vision, balance, and hearing damage problems. See your health care provider right away.   Hearing.health.milhttps://hearing.health.mil/ #BIAMonth #BeTBIReady


Brain Injury Awareness Month infographic Did you Know?

Suggested Social Media Message: #DYK Most TBIs don’t occur while deployed? TBIs typically result from activities like sports, falls, or car accidents. Wearing protective gear is one way you can minimize your risk of TBI. #BeTBIReady https://www.health.mil/tbi

Brain Injury Awareness Month infographic Did You Know?

Suggested Social Media Message: #DYK Symptoms of TBI aren’t just physical? Severe TBIs can increase the risk for mental health conditions, such as anxiety and depression. Learn more: https://www.health.mil/Military-Health-Topics/Centers-of-Excellence/Traumatic-Brain-Injury-Center-of-Excellence/Patient-and-Family-Resources  #BeTBIReady


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Suggested Social Media Message: #DYK Most TBIs experienced by service members are mild concussions? But, remember, even a mild TBI can impact your overall health and ability to deploy. Learn more: https://www.health.mil/Military-Health-Topics/Centers-of-Excellence/Traumatic-Brain-Injury-Center-of-Excellence/Patient-and-Family-Resources  #BeTBIReady


 Brain Injury Awareness Month infographic

Suggested Social Media Message: TBI symptoms aren’t just physical. Research shows traumatic brain injuries can lead to sleeping problems. Ignoring these problems can worsen symptoms and lead to longer recovery times. Learn more: www.health.mil/TBIproviders #BeTBIReady #BIAMonth


Brain Injury Awareness Month infographic

Suggested Social Media Message: Even a mild traumatic brain injury can impact mission readiness and the ability to deploy. #BeTBIReady by understanding the signs and symptoms of TBI, and knowing when to seek care. Thanks to innovations across the Military Health System, TBI is treatable & recovery is possible. www.Health.mil/BIAMonth  #BIAMonth #BeTBIReady

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