Corina Notyce, DCoE Public Affairs on March 20, 2013
Photo by U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Grovert Fuentes-Contreras
What should military spouses know about a traumatic brain injury (TBI) and where should they go for help? What’s the update on field testing of military headgear equipped with environmental sensors to record velocity, acceleration and impact in the study of blast concussion? What would you advise mid-level leaders about the importance of giving their troops time to seek rest after suffering a mild TBI?
Col. Jamie Grimes, Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) director, and Ms. Kathy Helmick, DVBIC deputy director, addressed these questions and more as they explored TBI with callers during a bloggers roundtable DoDLive hosted last week. The roundtable offered an opportunity for bloggers to connect with Defense Department leaders and subject matter experts.
The DVBIC leaders touched on many issues related to TBI, from how the Defense Department has expanded care for wounded warriors with TBIs and research in TBI diagnosis and treatment to recovery tips for people who have sustained a head injury.
For the roundtable experience, listen to this audio podcast:
Download this podcast (MP3)
And, read these quick facts about TBI:
More than 80 percent of TBIs
occur in a non-deployed setting when someone is involved in a motor vehicle crash or gets injured during a sporting or recreational event
The most common form of TBI is mild TBI, also known as concussion
(physical and mental) is an important treatment for a mild TBI and is critical for preventing further injury
allows for early treatment. Early treatment maximizes the chances for recovery
For more information about TBI in the military, check out the DVBIC website.
March is Brain Injury Awareness month. Continue to follow the DCoE Blog, and the DCoE Facebook and Twitter pages for brain injury information and resources.