Back to Top Skip to main content

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?

The Defense Centers of Excellence defines TBI 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 Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center, from 2000-2014 (3 QTR), more than 313,816 service members have been diagnosed with TBI.

You also may be interested in...

Navy hosts medical staff from the Peace Ark

Article
11/19/2015
File photo of the Republic of China, People's Liberation Army Navy (PLA[N]) hospital ship Peace Ark (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Shannon Renfroe)

The Naval Health Research Center hosted personnel from the Republic of China, People's Liberation Army Navy (PLA[N]) hospital ship Peace Ark

Recommended Content:

Extremities Loss | Traumatic Brain Injury | Global Health Engagement | Sleep | Building Partner Capacity and Interoperability

Art therapy provides lifeline for Wounded Warriors

Article
11/13/2015
Army Staff Sgt. Jonathan Meadows and Jackie Biggs discuss a painting during an art therapy session at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital's traumatic brain injury clinic at Fort Belvoir, Va., Dec. 19, 2014. Meadows, assigned to Fort Belvoir's Warrior Transition Battalion, suffered a traumatic brain injury in 2012 when his vehicle rode over an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan. Biggs is an art therapist, and manages the program for Wounded Warriors in the TBI clinic. DoD photo by Marc Barnes

Service members who take part in art therapy to soothe the symptoms of war’s invisible wounds display acts of courage and resilience to put them in control of their lives, the assistant secretary of defense for health affairs said today.

Recommended Content:

Warrior Care | Traumatic Brain Injury

Shadow boxing: a sweeter rehabilitation science

Article
11/2/2015
Volunteer boxing coach Mike Martin (right) shows boxing technique to Daniel Irwin, Jr. (Courtesy photo)

Non-contact boxing technique is a popular sports therapy for Walter Reed’s combat wounded and mental health patients

Recommended Content:

Warrior Care | Traumatic Brain Injury

Significance of healing arts therapy on display at Warrior Care in the 21st Century Symposium

Article
10/22/2015
Evoking Canadian physician Maj. John McCrae's famous poem from World War I, "In Flanders Fields," British Army Pvt. John Hayes' display of poppies is inspired by his service in Operation Iraqi Freedom, his diagnosis of PTSD and his experience with the U.K.'s Combat Stress program. Hayes said he's found an escape in art, and it has played a major role in his life and rehabilitation. McCrae wrote "In Flanders Fields" following the Second Battle of Ypres in May 1915 and references the red poppies that grew over the graves of fallen soldiers and later became a symbol of service members who died in combat. (Courtesy photo)

In 2011, NICoE and the NEA began collaborating on a program to incorporate healing arts therapy into the integrative health care model developed to treat service members with traumatic brain injury and associated psychological health issues

Recommended Content:

Warrior Care | Traumatic Brain Injury | Conditions and Treatments

Service members use brain games for memory, attention issues

Article
10/16/2015
The Orrb at NICoE’s Brain Fitness Center measures a patient’s heartrate variability.

The Brain Fitness Center was developed around 2008 to help anyone with difficulty in areas such as attention, memory and thought organization

Recommended Content:

Technology | Traumatic Brain Injury

Cognitive assessments playing an important role in DoD concussion care

Article
9/25/2015
Graphic logo for the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center

Baseline neurocognitive tests can help doctors determine the severity of a concussion and recovery time needed.

Recommended Content:

Traumatic Brain Injury | Mental Wellness

Sleep issues bedeviling soldiers' health

Article
9/15/2015
Soldiers, from the 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment, are shown during a 19-hour flight from Alaska to Australia trying to get some sleep on the floor and seats of a Royal Australian Air Force C-17 Globemaster, during Exercise Talisman Sabre 15. Soldiers, who are deployed, average just three hours of sleep a night. (U.S. Army photo by David Vergun)

If you have less than six hours of sleep for six days in a row … you are cognitively impaired as if you had a .08-percent alcohol level

Recommended Content:

Health Readiness | Traumatic Brain Injury | Sleep | Mental Wellness

DoD Instruction 6490.13: Comprehensive Policy on Traumatic Brain Injury-Related Neurocognitive Assessments by the Military Services

Policy

This instruction establishes policy, assigns responsibilities, and prescribes standard elements, pursuant to section 722 of Public Law 111-383, requiring the implementation of a comprehensive neurocognitive assessment policy in the Military Services.

Restorative effects of sleep examined by Naval Research committee

Article
8/14/2015
U.S. Army Soldiers awake in their hasty fighting position after a night patrol in the mountains near Sar Howza, Paktika province, Afghanistan.

Lack of sleep can aggravate PTSD and TBI and increase risk of obesity, heart attack and stroke in the military—the “Restorative Effects of Sleep” workshop, convened by the Office of Naval Research and Human Performance Optimization Committee, addressed these concerns.

Recommended Content:

Sleep | Traumatic Brain Injury | Posttraumatic Stress Disorder | Heart Health | Health Readiness

DCOE Annual Report 2014

Report
7/16/2015

Annual Report for the Defense Center of Excellence - 2014

Recommended Content:

Cognitive Rehabilitation Therapy | Mental Health Care | Traumatic Brain Injury | Posttraumatic Stress Disorder | Suicide Prevention | DoD/VA Sharing Initiatives | Deployment Health

Patient Global Impression Change Scale

Form/Template
5/1/2015

Form filled out by patients to rate their changes in activity, symptoms, emotions and quality of life.

Recommended Content:

Conditions and Treatments | Health Readiness | Physical Disability | Traumatic Brain Injury

Neurobehavioral Symptom Inventory Form

Form/Template
4/30/2015

Form used by providers to question patients about their symptoms

Recommended Content:

Conditions and Treatments | Physical Disability | Traumatic Brain Injury | Health Readiness

Military Acute Concussion Evaluation 2012

Form/Template
4/30/2015

Use this form to screen for concussions

Recommended Content:

Conditions and Treatments | Physical Disability | Traumatic Brain Injury | Health Readiness

Traumatic Brain Injury: Updated Definition and Reporting

Policy

This memorandum updates the DoD definition of TBI, severity of brain injury stratification, and method of data collection.

TBI Awareness: Memorial Box

Video
3/27/2015
TBI Awareness: Memorial Box

US Army Sgt Fox explains how his memorial box has helped him heal and remember meaningful events and people in his life.

Recommended Content:

Traumatic Brain Injury | Mental Health Care
<< < 1 2 3 4 5  ... > >> 
Showing results 61 - 75 Page 5 of 8

DHA Address: 7700 Arlington Boulevard | Suite 5101 | Falls Church, VA | 22042-5101

Some documents are presented in Portable Document Format (PDF). A PDF reader is required for viewing. Download a PDF Reader or learn more about PDFs.