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Brain Injury Awareness

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March is Brain Injury Awareness Month. Be a Brain Warrior

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. Service members should learn the causes and symptoms of TBI. Knowing when to seek care contributes to overall brain health. Even a mild TBI can have long-lasting effects and may affect whether a service member is ready to deploy if not diagnosed and treated.

During March, health care providers are encouraged to learn about TBI diagnosis and treatment protocols, while service members are prompted to make sure they understand the risks, signs, and impacts of TBI, both on and off the battlefield.

 

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March is Brain Injury Awareness Month. Be a Brain Warrior

Suggested Social Media Message: Are you ready to #BeABrainWarrior? Learn how to protect, treat, and optimize brain health during Brain Injury Awareness Month. Visit https://health.mil/BIAMonth. #BIAMonth #TBI #ProtectTreatOptimize


Brain Injury Awareness Month Facts: More than 460k TBIs reported since 2000 by members of the U.S. Armed Forces

Suggested Social Media Message: Do you or a loved one have a #TBI? You aren’t alone. Service members have reported more than 460,000 TBIs since 2000. Find tools to protect yourself from further injury, talk to your provider about your treatment, and optimize your recovery. Learn more: https://health.mil/BIAMonth. #BIAMonth #ProtectTreatOptimize #BeABrainWarrior


Brain Injury Awareness Month Facts: 82.3% Categorized as Mild TBI, also known as concussion

Suggested Social Media Message: #DYK? Most #TBI happen in garrison, not on the battlefield. Find fact sheets to help you becomes a #BeABrainWarrior and protect your head anytime, anywhere. https://health.mil/BIAMonth. #BIAMonth #ProtectTreatOptimize


Protect: Wear a Helmet, Practice safe driving techniques and be aware of your surroundings

Suggested Social Media Message: #BeABrainWarrior = protect your head. Learn how to #ProtectTreatOptimize your brain health. https://health.mil/BIAMonth #BIAMonth #TBI


Treat: See your medical provider as soon as you experience a potentially concussive event. Learn to recognize and manage TBI symptoms.

Suggested Social Media Message:#BeABrainWarrior – learn to recognize #TBI symptoms and don’t delay treatment. Find resources to #ProtectTreatOptimize your brain health. https://health.mil/BIAMonth #BIAMonth


Optimize. Be a Brain Warrior

Suggested Social Media Message: Providers: #BeABrainWarrior by optimizing your #TBI recovery journey and safely return to duty. Learn how you can #ProtectTreatOptimize your brain health. https://health.mil/BIAMonth #BIAMonth


March is Brain Injury Awareness Month: Be a Brain Warrior

Suggested Social Media Message: Even a mild traumatic brain injury can impact mission readiness and the ability to deploy. #BeABrainWarrior by understanding the signs and symptoms of TBI and knowing when to seek care. TBI is treatable & recovery is possible. https://health.mil/BIAMonth #BIAMonth


Brain Injury Awareness: Our hearing and vision providers have unique capabilities to support vision and hearing dysfunction related to TBI.

Suggested Social Media Message: Our providers are prepared and ready to treat vision and hearing dysfunctions associated with TBI. Learn more: https://vce.health.mil/Clinicians-and-Researchers/Clinical-Practice-RecommendationsVision Center of Excellence webpage, and https://hearing.health.mil/For-ProvidersHearing Center of Excellence webpage.  #BIAMonth


Brain Injury Awareness: Heads Up

Suggested Social Media Message: Head injuries, especially from a blast, are one of the most common combat-related injuries among deployed service members. Typical symptoms after a head injury 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 provider if you have any of these symptoms. Learn more about #TBI and hearing loss: https://hearing.health.mil/Resources/Education/Conditions-and-Concerns/TBI-and-Hearing-LossHearing Center of Excellence webpage #BIAMonth


Brain Injury Awareness: Wear 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. #BIAMonth #TBI 
Learn more: 
• Vision: https://vce.health.mil/Eye-Injury-Prevention-and-Response/Eye-Protection  Vision Center of Excellence webpage  
• Hearing: https://hearing.health.mil/Prevention/Evaluated-Hearing-Protection-Devices   Hearing Center of Excellence webpage


 Brain Injury Awareness: Head Injury? Seek medical help if you have these warning signs.

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.  https://vce.health.mil Vision Center of Excellence webpage https://hearing.health.mil Hearing Center of Excellence webpage #BIAMonth #TBI


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Last Updated: July 11, 2023
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