Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a disruption of brain function resulting from a blow or jolt to the head or penetrating head injury.

Did you know?

TBI FACTS:

  • TBIs can occur on the battlefield, on the football field, on the playground, in a car accident, and even at home.

  • There are four categories of TBI including mild, moderate, severe and penetrating.

  • A mild TBI (mTBI), which is also known as a concussion, is the most common form of TBI.

mTBI/CONCUSSION FACTS:

  • An mTBI/concussion is a brain injury that requires prompt treatment.

  • An mTBI/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.

  • Common symptoms following an mTBI/concussion may include headache, dizziness, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, and memory problems.

  • The Army has a comprehensive system of worldwide TBI care. Click the link in the "TREAT" box to locate an Army facility near you.

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SMA Chandler returns to home base

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Synthetic Cranial Bones

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Stress

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Groundbreaking

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Art Therapy

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Resilience

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Army DHAP PSA Video

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STARRS

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James P. Meade Jr.

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Officials dedicate new Traumatic Brain Injury treatment center at Fort Belvoir

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Head Health Challenge II

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Intrepid Spirit ribbon-cutting

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Military Health System Research Symposium

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PTSD & TBI

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Westphal awards Purple Heart medals to Soldiers wounded in southern Afghanistan

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