Did you know?

A mild TBI, which is also known as a concussion, is the most common form of TBI in the Army. Symptoms of concussions often resolve within days or weeks.

Learn more about the U.S. Army and TBI care: STAND-TO!: Traumatic Brain Injury.

What is Traumatic Brain Injury?

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a disruption of brain function, resulting from a blow or jolt to the head, or penetrating head injury. The severity of the TBI is deteremined at the time of the injury and may be classified as: mild, moderate or severe. The Army has a comprehensive system of worldwide TBI care.

TBI Facts

  • TBIs can occur on the battlefield, the football field, the playground, in a car accident, and even at home.
  • A mild TBI/concussion is treatable; early detection is extremely important.
  • Common causes of an mTBI/concussion on the battlefield include blasts, vehicle collisions, or blows to the head.
  • The Army has a comprehensive system of worldwide TBI care.

Common Signs and Symptoms:

  • Headaches
  • Changes in sleep
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Balancing Problems
  • Sensory changes
  • Slowed thinking
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Memory problems
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Mood swings

TBI Stories

Army Study Program Management Office Recognizes...

March is National Brain Injury Awareness Month. This has been a hot issue for the Army for years, as Soldiers return from theater with traumatic brain injuries (TBI) resulting from combat. TBIs... MORE about Army Study Program Management Office Recognizes Brain Injury Awareness Month

U.S. Army Research Institute, Harvard team up against PTSD, mTBI

U.S. Army Research Institute, Harvard team up...

Researchers from the Army and Harvard Medical School are collaborating on a Department of Defense-funded study to identify chemical biomarkers that could differentiate between post-traumatic stress... MORE about U.S. Army Research Institute, Harvard team up against PTSD, mTBI

TBI can occur in battle, garrison -- awareness...

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Nutrition remains important for brain health

Nutrition remains important for brain health

In recognition of National Nutritional Awareness Month and Brain Injury Awareness Month, the Fort Lee Army Wellness Center is offering nutritional information for that grey matter between... MORE about Nutrition remains important for brain health

Leading brain-injury experts to speak during TBI symposium

Leading brain-injury experts to speak during...

Leading Traumatic Brain Injury specialists are coming to Fort Leonard Wood for a TBI Symposium March 13 in Nutter Field House. MORE about Leading brain-injury experts to speak during TBI symposium

U.S., NATO partners meet to discuss mental health, traumatic brain injury issues

U.S., NATO partners meet to discuss mental...

Military medical and behavioral health specialists from 10 NATO countries met in Germany, Feb. 24-25, for a mental health and mild traumatic brain injury, or mTBI, workshop. MORE about U.S., NATO partners meet to discuss mental health, traumatic brain injury issues

Traumatic Brain Injury awareness month highlights resources

Traumatic Brain Injury awareness month...

Throughout the year, we designate specific months to remind us of varying topics that are important to our well-being and/or culture. Often times we forget or overlook the significance of these... MORE about Traumatic Brain Injury awareness month highlights resources

Low-level blasts possible TBI link

Low-level blasts possible TBI link

Fort Leonard Wood's Urban Mobility Breacher Course is teaming up with researchers to prevent traumatic brain injuries from occupational blast exposures. MORE about Low-level blasts possible TBI link

Combat Engineer receives Purple Heart

Combat Engineer receives Purple Heart

A combat engineer assigned to the 555th Engineer Brigade received the Purple Heart medal during a ceremony Jan. 5. Spc. Asa Bingham, 22nd Engineer Clearance Company, suffered traumatic brain injury... MORE about Combat Engineer receives Purple Heart

Mobile app to diagnose head injuries scores FDA clearance

Mobile app to diagnose head injuries scores FDA...

The new Defense Automated Neurobehavioral Assessment is a mobile phone-based application designed to help medical providers identify cases of traumatic brain injury in almost any setting, which may... MORE about Mobile app to diagnose head injuries scores FDA clearance

Wounded warrior visualizes PTSD, brain trauma through sculpture

Wounded warrior visualizes PTSD, brain trauma...

Staff Sgt. Jonathan Meadows suffered a traumatic brain injury in 2012 while deployed to Afghanistan when the vehicle he was riding in drove over an improvised explosive device. Currently stationed... MORE about Wounded warrior visualizes PTSD, brain trauma through sculpture

USAMMA Works with Software Company to Develop...

The U.S. Army Medical Materiel Agency, an element of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, has begun a collaborative research agreement with Contect, Inc., a software company working... MORE about USAMMA Works with Software Company to Develop Concussion-Detecting App

Psychiatric service dogs helping veterans with PTSD

Psychiatric service dogs helping veterans with...

Some veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder have special buddies to rely on -- specially trained Labrador retrievers and golden retrievers. MORE about Psychiatric service dogs helping veterans with PTSD

MG Wilmot

Sleep: "Trauma-Associated Sleep...

Trauma, the kind a Soldier may have faced in combat in Afghanistan or Iraq, has effects beyond physical wounds and traumatic brain injury. Disturbances in the ability to get a good night's sleep... MORE about Sleep: "Trauma-Associated Sleep Disorder" proposed by Army medicine researchers

Army research team 1 of 7 to win Head Health Challenge II

Army research team earns $500,000 research...

Army Soldier-protection experts at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory have received a $500,000 grant from the NFL, Under Armour and GE's Head Health Challenge II initiative that will assist its... MORE about Army research team earns $500,000 research grant in Head Health Challenge II

Operation Proper Exit: Wounded warriors bring experience and wisdom to Soldiers in Afghanistan

Operation Proper Exit: Wounded warriors bring...

Wounded warrior and former Marine Sgt. James Wright, a Conroe, Texas native, light-heartedly chatted with his roommate and good friend, former Marine Capt. John Urquhart (also a wounded warrior)... MORE about Operation Proper Exit: Wounded warriors bring experience and wisdom to Soldiers in Afghanistan

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Drill sergeant awarded Purple Heart Medal

A field artilleryman-turned drill-sergeant was awarded the Purple Heart Medal Oct. 17 in front of his Basic Combat Training Soldiers. MORE about Drill sergeant awarded Purple Heart Medal

Awareness

Power of humor emphasized during disability...

Members of the Fort Belvoir community learned the importance of recognizing accomplishments made by men and women with disabilities during the Belvoir Equal Employment Opportunity office's National... MORE about Power of humor emphasized during disability awareness event

2014 Green Book: Army Medicine: Strengthening...

2014 Green Book: Army Medicine: Strengthening the Heal of Our Nation by improving the health of our Army Lt. Gen. Patricia D. Horoho, Commanding General, U.S. Army Medical Command MORE about 2014 Green Book: Army Medicine: Strengthening 'Heal of Our Nation' by improving health of our Army

Medal of Honor recipient transitions to civilian life

Medal of Honor recipient transitions to...

The 7th Infantry Division held an end-of-service award ceremony for a Medal of Honor recipient who used his recognition to urge Soldiers to get help for post-traumatic stress, Sept. 26, 2014, at... MORE about Medal of Honor recipient transitions to civilian life

SMA Chandler returns to home base

SMA Chandler returns to 'home base'

Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III has been across the globe during his career, however, he made only his third trip to Massachusetts since he enlisted in Brockton, Massachusetts, in... MORE about SMA Chandler returns to 'home base'

Newest Intrepid Spirit Center opens at Fort Campbell

Newest Intrepid Spirit Center opens at Campbell

The newest Intrepid Spirit Center officially opened at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, Sept. 8, 2014. MORE about Newest Intrepid Spirit Center opens at Campbell

DOD and NCAA Join Forces in a Grand Alliance

DOD and the NCAA join forces in a grand...

The Army has signed on as the executive agent for the Department of Defense's (DOD) concussion initiative with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The initiative, known as the... MORE about DOD and the NCAA join forces in a grand alliance to understand traumatic brain injury

Synthetic Cranial Bones

Synthetic bones may help in search for shock...

Shock waves from battlefield explosions are invisible threats for U.S. Soldiers and their top-of-the-line combat helmets, but with new studies in synthetic human physiology, researchers are... MORE about Synthetic bones may help in search for shock wave defense

Stress

Why am I still thinking about deployment?

If the memories of a traumatic event are causing serious problems in your life, talk with a medical professional, behavioral health provider or chaplain. MORE about Why am I still thinking about deployment?

Crossing home plate to combat silent injuries

Crossing home plate to combat silent injuries

In just its fifth year, the "Run to Home Base" continues to grow and help military members who suffer from post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injuries. MORE about Crossing home plate to combat silent injuries

DICE designed to aid JTAPIC protect Warfighter from traumatic combat injuries

Software helps to protect Soldiers from...

ADELPHI, Md. (July 11, 2014) -- The U.S. Army Research Laboratory's Survivability/Lethality Analysis Directorate has fostered closer teaming across the Joint Trauma Analysis and Prevention of... MORE about Software helps to protect Soldiers from traumatic combat injuries

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New clinical recommendations to treat sleep...

The Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center has released new clinical recommendations and support tools to assist in the identification and treatment of a sleep disturbance occurring in patients... MORE about New clinical recommendations to treat sleep problems following a concussion released

Groundbreaking

Fort Hood breaks ground on Intrepid Spirit to...

A new, state-of-the-art facility to treat Soldiers experiencing the symptoms of traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress and related complications is inching closer to the opening at Fort... MORE about Fort Hood breaks ground on Intrepid Spirit to treat warriors with PTS, TBI

Symposium focuses on TBI

Symposium focuses on TBI

Fort Leonard Wood's first Traumatic Brain Injury Symposium, held Friday, spanned from telling attendees what TBI is to how technology plays a role in learning how to avoid them. MORE about Symposium focuses on TBI

Art Therapy

NFL wellness team, Army medicine leaders tour...

Members from the National Football League's Health and Safety Policy team recently met with Army Medicine staffers in an effort to increase the momentum of the Army/NFL initiative on traumatic... MORE about NFL wellness team, Army medicine leaders tour National Intrepid Center

Army Medicines Brain Health Consortium Just A Beginning

Army Medicine's Brain Health Consortium just a...

Lt. Gen. Patricia Horoho, the Army surgeon general and commanding general, U.S. Army Medical Command, hosted the inaugural Brain Health Consortium April 10-11, 2014, at Defense Health Headquarters... MORE about Army Medicine's Brain Health Consortium just a beginning

Surgeon general: advances in brain health to help Soldiers, nation

Surgeon general: Advances in brain health to...

The medical community is on the "precipice" of great advances in regards to brain health, said the Army's surgeon general. MORE about Surgeon general: Advances in brain health to help Soldiers, nation

Traumatic Brain Injury team explores vehicles at the Integration Motor Pool

Traumatic Brain Injury team explores vehicles...

To gain a better understanding of injuries Soldiers sustain when collisions occur within various military vehicles, a team of medical experts from the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, El Paso VA... MORE about Traumatic Brain Injury team explores vehicles at the Integration Motor Pool

Army surgeon general: Brain health new frontier in science, health of force

Surgeon general says brain health 'new frontier'

Optimizing brain health can have immense benefits for readiness, resiliency and the health of Soldiers, said the Army's surgeon general as she opened two-day consortium on the topic. MORE about Surgeon general says brain health 'new frontier'

Resilience

Post-traumatic growth--thriving through life's...

Many people who experience crises and adversity are able to resolve and grow from these events, drawing upon internal strengths previously unrecognized. MORE about Post-traumatic growth--thriving through life's crises

TBI: RWBAHC personnel offer mild-case treatment...

Traumatic brain injury, or TBI, has been called the "signature wound" of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Injuries the Soldiers receive downrange can originate from improvised explosive... MORE about TBI: RWBAHC personnel offer mild-case treatment program

Wounded Veteran pays it forward

Wounded Veteran pays it forward

When Jeremy Horsley got hurt, he landed in a labyrinth of challenges that he had to lead himself through. Back in 2004, the Army offered medical care and physical evaluation board liaison... MORE about Wounded Veteran pays it forward

Vice chief honors black engineers at 2014 BEYA conference

Vice chief honors black engineers at 2014 BEYA...

Vice Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. John F. Campbell served as the keynote speaker and presenter for two awards at this year's 9th Annual Stars and Stripes recognition dinner, Feb. 7, 2014, in... MORE about Vice chief honors black engineers at 2014 BEYA conference