By Ms. Debra Thompson (Army Medicine)April 4, 2017
Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. - TBI can occur anywhere and at any time. They can happen in combat, during your annual family Thanksgiving football game and even in training. Due to the tactics of enemy forces, TBI is often referred to as the signature wound of the current wars.
General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital is once again opening its doors to researches and the community to learn more about how to prevent and treat TBI and the acute effects of TBI.
GLWACH will host The Acute Effects of Neurotrauma Consortium Apr. 12. Researches and scientists from around the area will be able to see different types of training Soldiers conduct at Fort Leonard Wood. The potential for TBI is high here due to the type of training that goes on in basic training as well as Advanced Individual Training.
"Concussions do not simply heal like other wounds," said Ken Reinhard, GLWACH's TBI liaison. "The damage is cumulative over time and what better way to recognize and treat them than to have the best understanding we can from experts," said Reinhard.
On Apr. 13 GLWACH hosts its annual TBI Symposium at the Main Post Chapel. The symposium is a chance for leaders, Drill Sgt.'s, Soldiers and community members to learn about prevention and treatment of TBI. The Symposium begins at noon.
(Editors note: Debra Thompson is the Public Affairs Officer at General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital)